Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, August 13, 2010

Abandoning zoning?

The Nigerian PDP allows southerner Jonathan to run for the presidency.

Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan gets PDP support
Nigeria's governing party has agreed that President Goodluck Jonathan has the right to contest next year's elections, overturning a party rule.

The People's Democratic Party has an unwritten practice of alternating power between north and south of the country.

Mr Jonathan, a southerner, became president after his predecessor died less than half-way through the north's "turn" of two presidential terms…

"The party believes that Dr Goodluck Jonathan as part and parcel of the joint ticket has the right to contest the presidential primaries for the 2010 elections," [PDP chairman Okwesilieze Nwodo] said.

But he added that this would not stop anyone else in the PDP contesting.

Mr Jonathan has yet to say whether he will run for office...

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