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Vol 48 No 23

Published 16th November 2007


Nigeria

All come to the aid of the party – and fight it out

All the rival factions in the governing People’s Democratic Party hope to benefit from the postponement of its critical national convention, which has been rescheduled to January. Who wins out at the convention will determine the shape of the government for the next four years. The key issues are control of senior positions within the PDP hierarchy and the party’s support for political reform.

Power-brokers on all sides in Abuja seem encouraged by the surprise announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission on 8 November that the People's Democratic Party convention would be postponed. The convention is meant to elect all the party's key officials and resolve the position of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is currently Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees and consequently has a tight grip on party finances. Several ongoing legal cases could reshape the party before the convention starts.

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