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Thursday, May 13, 2010

A new Nigerian VP

President Jonathan has named a vice president. The parliament must now act.

Nigerian Leader Picks Relative Newcomer as Deputy

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has nominated Kaduna state governor Namadi Sambo [left] to be vice president of Africa's most populous nation, a presidency source said on Thursday.

As a relative newcomer to national politics, Sambo is not seen as an obvious contender for next year's presidential elections and his appointment could clear the way for a run by Jonathan himself…

Under a power-sharing agreement within the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP), the presidency should rotate every two terms between the Muslim north and Christian south to avoid an imbalance of power.

Yar'Adua, a northerner, died during his first term and many expected Jonathan to appoint a powerful northern vice president, who would then become the ruling party's presidential nominee.

"The selection of vice president is not simply a question of who is best equipped for the job, but who will not upset the most number of factions," said Antony Goldman, head of London-based PM Consulting...
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At 9:30 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Analysis of the choice by Solomonsydelle at "Nigerian Curiosity"


"The jostling for a new Vice President has come to an end with the nomination of Kaduna State governor, Namadi Sambo. His name was apparently sent to the National Assembly for approval, although no formal announcement was made as at the time of publication. Although he is a Northern Muslim, Sambo is an unknown, and his selection only reinforces that Goodluck Jonathan intends to run for President in the upcoming 2011 elections..."


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