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Vol 39 No 25

Published 18th December 1998


Nigeria

The man who would be king

Gen. Obasanjo's presidential hopes have taken a beating after the local government polls

The local government elections on 5 December were good news for Nigeria and bad news for the presidential frontrunner and former military leader, General Olusegun Obasanjo. There was a high turnout and little evidence of malpractice or violence (outside of the troubled oil town of Warri where Ijaw and Itsekiri groups have been fighting over local government boundaries). The poll got the democratic imprimatur of monitoring groups from the Commonwealth, and others.

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