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Nigerian leader front-runner as election battle begins

* Intense lobbying expected ahead of primaries (Adds quotes from president)By Felix Onuah and Camillus EbohABUJA, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan showed the power of incumbency on Saturday, mustering the support of more than two thirds of powerful state governors for the launch of his re-election campaign.Thousands of cheering supporters gathered in Abuja's central Eagle Square to hear Jonathan proclaim his candidacy for the January election, shaping up to be the most fiercely contested since the end of military rule."Our country is at the threshold of a new era, an era that beckons for a new kind of leadership, a leadership that is uncontaminated by the prejudices of the past," said Jonathan, in his trademark fedora and traditional kaftan-like attire.He listed ending power shortages, improving health and education and ensuring food self-sufficiency among his priorities. He also pledged to better manage oil revenues with a planned sovereign wealth fund and told...

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