Thursday, 11 December 2014

Nigeria's opposition set to pick presidential candidate

Thousands of delegates from across Nigeria converge on Lagos this week, as the main opposition party chooses its candidate to run for president in next year's elections.

Unlike the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as its only candidate, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has to choose from among five hopefuls.

But Wednesday's primary looks set to be a two-horse race, although opinions are split as to who is the favourite.
"It is going to be a straight battle between Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar," Olusegun Adeniyi, who was former president Umaru Musa Yar'Adua's spokesman, told AFP.

At stake for the winner of the February 14 vote is the chance to wrest the presidency from the PDP for the first time since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999.

Nigeria may be Africa's most populous nation, leading economy and top oil producer but it could hardly be described as being in the best of shape.

Boko Haram's insurgency is raging in the northeast; the economy is reeling from falling global oil prices; while corruption, impunity and poor governance are seen as worse than ever.

"People want to see a candidate who represents some significant shift," said Clement Nwankwo, director of the Policy and Legal Advisory Centre, a civil society group. Read More....

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