Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Speculation on Nigeria's new VP

Solomonsydelle, in the Nigerian Curiousity blog, offers some speculation about the identity of the next vice president.

The latest issue in Nigerian politics is the question of who will become the nation's next Vice President… Various interests and geopolitical zones are pushing to influence who will become Vice President and several names have been fielded for the job.

By Sunday, May 9th, the Daily Independent paper reported that Speaker of the Senate, David Mark, was a front runner for the VP slot…

[The] governors have now decided that the Governor of Gombe state, Danjuma Goje, become the Vice President. Goje is a northern Muslim and as a member of the House, support from his peers would be guaranteed…

The leader of the House, Dimeji Bankole, allegedly informed Goodluck Jonathan that Gombe State Representative, Bayero Usman Nafada, should get the job…

Onyeka Onwenu is allegedly encouraging the President to be nominate Nigeria's first female Vice President…

The ruling PDP party asserted that the Vice President must be a member of the party…

Despite all the speculation and the jostling, Nigerians will have to sit tight and wait to see who emerges as Vice President and what that might mean for the country.

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