National convention

The People’s Democratic Party of Nigeria will organize a national convention

The People’s Democratic Party of Nigeria (PDP) is holding its national convention today in the capital Abuja. Today’s meeting will continue despite

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The People’s Democratic Party of Nigeria (PDP) is holding its national convention today in the capital Abuja.

Today’s meeting will go ahead despite a court order from former President Uche Secondus to stop disputes over his presidency. The convention aims to underline the unity of the party ahead of the presidential elections in 2023. The leader of the PDP, Dr. Abubakar Saraki, stressed the need for a candidate with strong leadership and the ability to govern.

Nigeria has been riven by sectarian violence as southern minority groups, such as the Yoruba, seek to secede from Nigeria to create an independent state. Growing mistrust of government institutions makes upcoming elections key to restoring trust in politics and restoring growth to Africa’s largest economy. The PDP recently chose five candidates for the presidential ticket, with former Vice President Atika Abubakar being the likely nominee.

Expect Abubakar to land the presidential nomination. A candidate with extensive political connections, strong finances and a broad base of support in the north, he has the best chance of winning against the southern-based opposition. In the medium term, expect disgruntled PDP members to move to the opposition, weakening the Party’s chances of victory in the elections. In the long term, a loss of PDP would likely lead to continued repression of minority groups.

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