Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Politics as usual in the south; missing girls in the north

It's a gubernatorial election. To me the significant factor is that the incumbent governor has joined the APC and President Jonathan has a big stake in the outcome.

Crowds Turn Out for Nigerian Vote Seen as Test Case for 2015
Large crowds of voters gathered in Nigeria's southwest Ekiti state on Saturday for a hotly contested local election that will be scrutinized for fairness and signs of violence ahead of next year's national poll.

The election for state governor - a powerful position in Africa's biggest economy - will also be a barometer for President Goodluck Jonathan's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP), which in 2015 is likely to see its sternest test since sweeping to power after the end of military rule in 1998…

Governors are among the most powerful figures in Africa's largest oil producer. Some control budgets bigger than those of many African countries and their influence carries a great deal of weight in selecting presidential candidates…

The election pits the incumbent Kayode Fayemi, a member of the APC, against former governor Ayo Fayose of the PDP. Opeyemi Bamidele, a Labour Party lawmaker, is also running…

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At 3:35 PM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Nigeria's ruling party boosted by key state poll win

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan and his embattled ruling party have wrested a key state from the opposition ahead of general polls next year, results showed Sunday.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Peter Ayodele Fayose was elected governor in southwestern Ekiti state, beating the incumbent John Kayode Fayemi by a two-to-one margin, the electoral commission said.

The PDP -- never out of power nationally since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999 -- lost Ekiti to the All Progressives Congress (APC) four years ago and until Saturday controlled none of the six southwestern states.

The victory will boost the party's chances in elections next February by creating a possible foothold in the southwest region.

But nationally, the party still faces an uphill battle after several defections of influential state governors, mostly from the north, last year that prompted dozens of PDP lawmakers to switch to the APC...

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Nigeria wraps up kidnap investigation with 200 girls still missing

Nigeria wrapped up its inquiry into the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls by militants on Friday with little progress to show…

Submitting the final report, Brigadier General Ibrahim Sabo said 219 girls remained at large, a total virtually unchanged since Boko Haram militants stormed their secondary school in northeast Borno state on April 14 to kidnap them…


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