Nigerian People’s Democratic Party to hold primary elections in Abuja

PDP members have flocked to Abuja in recent days

Nigeria’s main opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is meeting in Abuja to elect candidates for next February’s presidential election.

14 candidates, 810 voting delegates and thousands of other party members poured into the capital.

The winner will lead the party to next year’s showdown with the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

Whoever becomes the next president is expected to face widespread insecurity and rising inflation.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, former Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal are seen as frontrunners in the PDP primary.

This week, the party was shocked when 2019 vice presidential candidate Peter Obi quit the party, citing internal problems.

The primary was overshadowed by widespread allegations of vote-buying, with candidates accused of bribing delegates up to $10,000 to vote for them.

The People’s Democratic Party ruled Nigeria for 16 years after the return of democracy in 1999 until it was defeated by a coalition of opposition parties in 2015.

It has since lost further to the ruling APC, especially in southern Nigeria, where two governors have defected to the ruling party.

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