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Nigeria’s ruling party begins to choose a presidential candidate

June 8, 2022 5:32 pm

Members of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are electing a presidential candidate in the capital, Abuja. The APC has won the last two presidential elections in Nigeria.

 

Whoever emerges from the 23 aspirants will lead the party into next February’s election against Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition party.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is not allowed to stand after serving two terms of office. More than 700 delegates are expected to vote. The convention comes a day after gunmen killed dozens of worshippers in the southwestern Ondo state.

 

The attack at the St Francis Catholic church in the town of Owo highlights the worsening insecurity under the APC, which Nigeria’s next president will have to confront.

 

That, high unemployment, and rising inflation are expected to be the main election issues.

 

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, former Lagos governor Bola Tinubu and Rotimi Amaechi, until recently a transport minister, are the favourites to be chosen as the APC candidate.

 

The APC emerged as a coalition of major political parties from northern and western Nigeria in 2013 and managed to seize power from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.

 

The party was re-elected into power four years later and has since consolidated its reach across Nigeria, winning several local parliamentary seats and taking onboard defecting governors in southern Nigeria.

 

Some senior party members, including President Buhari, have been pushing for a consensus candidate to avoid a vote at the convention that might split the party.

 

Mr Buhari told the party’s governors last week that he expected “reciprocity” from them at the convention in choosing his successor, which many have interpreted as his desire to impose a candidate on the party.

 

Powerful northern APC governors last week said they supported a southern candidate to succeed Mr Buhari, who is a northerner, in continuation of a controversial agreement to alternate power between northern and southern Nigeria.

 

Author: Staff Writer

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