Economic stagnation and rising prices are eroding the regional alliances at the heart of Buhari’s government
Arguments over the response to the country's worst recession for 25 years are threatening to split the governing All Progressives' Congress. The APC is a fragile alliance between the conservative political establishment in the north and big business interests in the south which unseated the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
The party's chief electoral asset, President Muhammadu Buhari
, who brought in a block of over twelve million votes from the north, faces growing criticism for the delayed response to the country's economic woes. Businessmen in Lagos who are close to Bola Tinubu
, the redoubtable political godfather and the APC's Chairman in the south-west, complain that Buhari gives priority to fighting corruption and to economic nationalism over the need for urgent measures to revive the economy.
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