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Vol 45 No 5

Published 5th March 2004


Nigeria

Anenih's irresistible rise

A mysterious murder affects the ruling PDP and probably the next poll

It is hotly disputed whether Aminasoari Kalu Dikibo, a chieftain of the governing People's Democratic Party in the oil-rich Niger Delta, died in a political assassination or an attack by armed robbers. The killing was followed by a shake-up within the PDP, after which political veteran Anthony Anenih emerged as Chairman of the party's Board of Trustees, pegging level with National Chairman Audu Ogbeh for real power in the party. Ambitious politicians anticipate big changes there. Anenih is one of Nigeria's most flexible politicians. He is close to President Olusegun Obasanjo and was a confidant of his military predecessor, General Sani Abacha.

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