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Vol 47 No 22

Published 3rd November 2006


The next election deadline

Presidential hopefuls are quietly launching campaigns but doubts surround the party congresses due in December

Within two months, Nigeria's political parties are due to chose their presidential candidates and launch their campaigns for next May's elections. So far, there is an eerie surreality about the political contest. Serious candidates are reluctant to step into the ring wholeheartedly, almost all the political parties appear on the brink of schism and old political alliances are splintering without producing effective new alliances. All this is set against a gargantuan year for Nigeria's oil earnings.

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