Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sound like desperation?

The latest move by President Jonathan's supporters sounds like a move motivated by apprehension.

Nigeria Senate leader blocks defections
The leader of Nigeria's upper chamber of parliament on Tuesday blocked 11 lawmakers from defecting, saying their break from the ruling party to the main opposition would not go through until a court challenge was resolved.

Senate leader David Mark, a heavyweight in President Goodluck Jonathan's Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been lobbying the group to reverse its decision to defect announced in a letter on January 29…

The PDP has challenged the Senate defections in a federal court by seeking to have the seats declared vacant on the grounds that party-switches violate the will of voters…

Analysts say Jonathan's dwindling support is tied to elections scheduled for February next year.

The president has come under mounting pressure from within his own party not to run and instead throw his support behind a Muslim candidate from the north…

All but two of the 11 senators seeking to defect are northern Muslims…

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