NIGERIA Parties at work 11th September 1998 After the political jamborees in Abuja, former military leader General Obasanjo emerges as a frontrunner Presidential candidate Party politics are back in Nigeria with all their ebullience and razamatazz. Alongside marching bands more than 10,000 supporters waving party flags packed out Abuja’s central parade ground on 8 September to launch the All Peoples’ Party. The APP is Nigeria’s second political juggernaut; the first, the Peoples’ Democratic Party was launched more solemnly in Abuja on 31 August. Both are dominated by figures from the country’s political past eager to seize General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s offer of an unimpeded transition to civil rule by 29 May 1999. Nigerians outside the political carnival seem less than elated.