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Vol 43 No 3

Published 8th February 2002


Nigeria

New parties, new plots

The chief sponsor of the new party movement is Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, the former military leader who bankrolls the United National Democratic Party (UNDP), run by the veteran Kano politician and oil tycoon Saleh Jambo. Babangida routinely insists he has no presidential ambitions for 2003, but has been taking soundings at home and abroad for 18 months. If President Olusegun Obasanjo and his allies delay the registration process for new parties several months more, Babangida could stand on the ticket of the existing All People's Party, which already controls the governorships of several northern states. Neither Babangida nor Jambo has much to say about the mysterious, periodic appearance of large colour posters featuring a beatific Babangida, gazing down on his countrymen to promote his Association for Sustainable Democracy and Good Governance.

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