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Nigeria’s presidential zoning practice comes under scrutiny

12 October 2021 The principle of rotating presidential candidates between the country’s north and south is being challenged as politicians from the major parties begin to vie for positions ahead of the 2023 general election. Since transitioning from military to civilian rule in 1999, Nigeria’s two main political parties — the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) — …

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Nigeria’s electoral system is still broken. Here’s a list of what’s urgent

10 May 2021 The chairman of Nigeria’s electoral commission, Mahmood Yakubu, was sworn in for a second term nearly six months ago. His second term will be defined by how much he’s able to improve the integrity of the country’s election system. Yakubu faces an uphill task. Complaints that Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission can’t deliver free and fair polls have been …

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Letter from Abuja: Malami v Magu

4 August 2020 Nigeria, already Africa’s biggest country, is set to overtake China in the world population stakes by the end of the century, according to a study by The Lancet. The prospect does not seem to rattle our short-sighted politicians, but then nor do more immediate challenges: the escalating coronavirus cases and a crumbling economy. Reassuringly, our leaders have …

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The long shadow of Biafra lingers over Nigeria

14 January 2020 The Biafra War led to the deaths of at least 1-2 million people in just 30 months — many of them children. January 15 marks 50 years since the end of the brutal conflict. The consequences can still be felt today. Uchenna Chikwendu rarely speaks about the Biafra War. The 67-year-old lives in Enugu, the provincial capital …

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Nigerian tribunal upholds President Buhari’s re-election

11 September 2019 A Nigerian election tribunal has rejected a bid by the main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to overturn the February presidential election. The ruling means there is no further challenge to Buhari’s re-election. In upholding Buhari’s election victory, the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal ruled that Buhari’s main challenger in the presidential race, Atiku Abubakar had failed to prove …

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How Atiku atikulated the VP position to Peter Obi

18 November 2019 The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar’s choice of Peter Obi as his running mate during the (s)election in February was quite controversial, especially as one or two PDP governors from the southeast were reportedly against that choice. There was a lot of speculation around their motives for not wanting Obi. Obi was …

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