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Vol 54 No 19

Published 20th September 2013


Nigeria

Punching out the PDP

The President’s failure to bring together the rival factions in his party has chronically weakened his government’s standing, nationally and regionally

The open brawl between rival factions of the governing People’s Democratic Party in the National Assembly on 18 September pointed dramatically to the failure of party leaders to heal the rift. In Abuja, the most common term applied to the PDP’s crisis is ‘meltdown’. The party dissidents talk about internal democracy but the core issue remains their opposition to President Goodluck Jonathan running for another presidential term in 2015.

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