PDP, Nigeria’s opposition party, to pick presidential candidate at end of May


By Valentine Amanze

Nigeria’s major opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), will choose a presidential candidate at the end of May to contest elections set for February next year.

The party, which disclosed this on Monday, is seeking to return to power after losing office seven years ago.

Veteran politician and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, and Anambra State former governor, Mr. Peter Obi, are seen as front-runners to represent the opposition.

It will be Atiku’s sixth attempt at the presidency if he contests the election, while Obi debuts.

Recall that the PDP ruled Africa’s most populous nation at the advent of multi-party democracy in 1999 but was swept from power in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari’s tenure will end next year after serving two consecutive four-year terms.

In an election schedule, the PDP said  that the presidential election primary would be held during a May 30-June 1 special convention.

According to Reuters, candidates for state governors and house of assembly would be chosen ahead of the convention.




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