Nigeria: High stakes in key states vote

Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (Right) with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan. Photo Credit: Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

As partisan, personal and religious rivalries grow, the two main parties are heading towards state elections that will be as closely fought as the presidential vote.

On 28 February 2015, two weeks after the hoopla of the presidential elections, Nigerians are due to elect governors and state assembly members.

For many, that vote could affect their lives much more than the presidential one: the performance of the state governments has varied widely, sometimes due to personality, sometimes due to party.

With a national opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), confronting the the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the first time since the return to civil rule in 1999, it will be a critical test of Nigeria‘s political pluralism and the viability of its expensive and complex federal system.

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