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Nigeria: Northern Consensus Candidate?

by John Campbell
November 29, 2010

Last week, the Northern Leadership Forum selected former vice president Atiku Abubakar as the North’s consensus candidate to run in the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primary against the southern, Christian president Goodluck Jonathan.  There are whispers that not all of the Northern power brokers accept this decision, and leaked ballot results show that there was substantial support for former military dictator Ibrahim Babangida within the Northern Political Leaders Forum.

Nevertheless, Leadership reported an hours-long meeting weekend meeting hosted by Atiku Abubakar and attended by  Babangida and the other two leading contestants, Bukola Saraki and Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, where they merged their campaign organizations and began horse-trading over the vice presidency.

To me, it looks like the Atiku Abubakar consensus candidacy is likely to stick.

(Photo: Luke MacGregor/courtesy Reuters)

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  • Posted by John Ojeah

    Interesting. A presidential consensus candidate of the pdp by a commitee headed by an inconsequential northern leader whose ward, LGA and State is under the control of the opposition party. I wonder how he can influence the result of the presidency if he can’t deliver in easy tasks as his (ward, LGA and state). Of course I’m talking of Mallam Adamu Ciroma who cannot subdue the opposition party in his own constituency.

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