Six months ahead of the next presidential election, no one knows which candidates are standing and which are heading for gaol
In a system that typically leaves the key decisions until the last moment, Nigeria's politicians are leaving things very late. Nominations for candidates for next April's state and presidential elections must be submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by December. Although there are more than 40 parties now registered, most are underfunded or deeply divided. None has a clear front-runner - and many of the leading aspirants are in trouble. Vice-President Atiku Abubakar
has long maintained that he should be the natural choice of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) to take over from President Olusegun Obasanjo
. Yet Obasanjo's aides say Abubakar, a former deputy head of customs, epitomises all that is wrong with the political class in Nigeria. In September, the Vice-President was indicted by a cabinet committee over allegations of misuse of public funds and abuse of office.
No Nigerian official has been able to explain convincingly the reasons for the delays in publishing the results of the national census held in March. That is no surprise as the mat...
A row over a pan-African trade bank threatens Cairo's diplomatic
and commercial standing
Mild-mannered Ivorian banker Jean-Louis Ekra is an improbable figure to be in the eye of a continental storm. But a diplomatic storm is indeed brewing as the dispute worsens betwee...