Posts Tagged ‘nigeria elections 2015’

Nigeria: the Imprint of Boko Haram on the Campaign

21.February.2015 · Posted in Opinion

Olabisi Shoaga The forthcoming elections in Nigeria will be special in at least two ways from the preceding ones. First, they are the first elections since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999 that will be contested by two similarly matched political parties: the People’s Democratic Party of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and ...

Olabisi Shoaga

The forthcoming elections in Nigeria will be special in at least two ways from the preceding ones. First, they are the first elections since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999 that will be contested by two similarly matched political parties: the People’s Democratic Party of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan and the All Progressives Congress of his main contender, the Retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari. Secondly, they will be the first elections in which candidates’ campaigns not only center on the usual pledges to end poverty, unemployment, inequality and insecurity but also curb the violent Islamic insurgency in the North-East.

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Nigeria’s elections are expected to be highly contentious

20.February.2015 · Posted in politics

With the ruling party facing a credible opposition for the first time since the restoration of civilian rule, Nigeria’s upcoming general elections are expected to be highly contentious. Risks will emanate in a wave of voting disruptions in the northeastern states and possible post-electoral reprisals in the event that the results are deemed invalid. With less ...

With the ruling party facing a credible opposition for the first time since the restoration of civilian rule, Nigeria’s upcoming general elections are expected to be highly contentious. Risks will emanate in a wave of voting disruptions in the northeastern states and possible post-electoral reprisals in the event that the results are deemed invalid.

With less than a month before Nigerian citizens head to the polls, the upcoming general elections of February 2015 are expected to be a watershed. Marking the fifth democratic contest since the end of a protracted military rule in 1999, the incumbent People’s Democratic Party (PDP) faces a consolidated umbrella opposition party that poses a credible threat to the PDP’s longstanding political hegemony. (more…)