Nigeria opposition picks candidate for presidency bid

A Nigerian opposition party on Tuesday confirmed ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate for April elections.

Nigeria opposition picks candidate for presidency bid

A Nigerian opposition party on Tuesday confirmed ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate for April elections.

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) ratified Buhari's nomination at a convention in the capital Abuja.

Buhari's reputation as a disciplinarian and a popular perception that he is cleaner than many in the political elite could make him the main opposition candidate to run against the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) nominee.

President Goodluck Jonathan made his bid for candidate of the PDP primaries on Jan. 13, but his candidacy is contentious because of an unwritten PDP pact that power rotates between the mostly-Muslim north and largely-Christian south every two terms.

Jonathan is a southerner who inherited the presidency after his predecessor Umaru Yar'Adua, a northerner, died last year during his first term. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, a northerner, is challenging him at the PDP primaries.

Buhari ruled Africa's most populous nation for 20 months between 1983-85.

His administration is best remembered for its austerity measures, the jailing of politicians on corruption charges and the execution of drug traffickers.


Reuters

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