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On 28 March 2015, 16 years of rule by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria came to an end as the All Progressives Congress (APC), a recently assembled opposition party, swept to victory in general elections, taking control of both the federal executive and the national legislature.
Gubernatorial elections two weeks later saw the APC consolidate its position by securing control of 22 of Nigeria’s 36 States.
President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari will be sworn in at a ceremony in Eagle Square, Abuja, on the 29th of May. His party campaigned vigorously on a promise of ‘Change’ but what, in real terms, can all invested stakeholders, from the ordinary citizen to the foreign investor, expect from a Buhari-led government?
What do the APC’s electoral promises and policy priorities tell us about the new government’s ambitions? How viable are the proposed programs and reforms in the face of Nigeria’s current economic realities?