Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Nigerian political landscape changes again

The Fourth Republic has not seen divided government until today.

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan loses parliament majority
Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has lost his majority in the House of Representatives after 37 MPs defected to a new opposition party.

The MPs said in a letter to the speaker of the 360-seat lower chamber that they had joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) party.

Jonathan wearing his party colors
This is the first time a president has lost his majority in the chamber since military rule ended in 1999…

The defection of the MPs is the latest blow to Mr Jonathan and his governing People's Democratic Party (PDP), and will make it extremely difficult for them to implement their legislative programme, correspondents say.

The PDP, which still controls the upper chamber, the Senate, has won every national election since the end of military rule…

This came several weeks after a powerful faction of state governors broke away to join the APC.

The PDP now has fewer governors supporting it than the opposition.

The APC was formed in February following the merger of four opposition parties to challenge the PDP in the 2015 election…

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