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Vol 48 No 8

Published 13th April 2007


Nigeria

Yar'Adua prepares for power

If the PDP juggernaut trounces the opposition, the new government will have the shortest of breaks before the pressure starts mounting

Failing a cataclysmic reversal in the next week, President Olusegun Obasanjo's governing People's Democratic Party is likely to chalk up another victory at the state and federal elections due on 14 and 21 April, respectively. This is as much due to the weaknesses of the opposition as to the strengths and popularity of the PDP. Without doubt, the PDP has run the best financed, most tactically acute and aggressive campaign. It has also used its control of state and federal government structures ruthlessly to marginalise and disqualify opposition candidates.

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