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Remi Sonaiya, 2015 Presidential Candidate, KOWA Party

Is this leading lady Nigeria's next president?

Oluremi Sonaiya doesn’t mind being called a political outsider. In fact, she embraces the term.

Kemi Adeosun, Nigeria’s new Finance Minister, takes office before President Muhammadu Buhari

Party barons on notice as President Buhari puts voters first

As the epicentre of political life in Nigeria, the Hilton hotel in Abuja can usually be relied upon to reflect prevailing trends.

The Key Ministers in Nigerian President Buhari's Cabinet

Here are five key ministers in Nigerian President Buhari's cabinet

After more than seven months since he won election as president in Africa’s biggest economy, Muhammadu Buhari named his cabinet.

Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria

Nigeria's cabinet: Seven people to watch in Buhari's team

Nigerians finally know the names of those who will form President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, after the senate approved the list of 36 nominees, five months after the president took office.

Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi (L), former Governor of Rivers State; Muhammadu Buhari (C), President of Nigeria; & Babatunde Fashola (R), former Governor of Lagos State

Nigeria's Buhari nominates Fashola, Amaechi as ministers

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari nominated four former state governors and the current head of the national oil company as ministers in his administration, according to a list presented to lawmakers in the capital, Abuja.

Clock ticking for Nigeria's Buhari

Clock ticking for Nigeria's Buhari

Apart from three appointments – two spokesmen and a chief of protocol – there were no new hirings. It was a puzzling departure from tradition. Since 1999, every new president makes a cluster of top appointments – including national security adviser, chief of staff and military chiefs – within the first 24 hours in office.

Nigerian billionaire business man Aliko Dangote. Credit: Benedicte Kurzen/NOOR/theafricareport.com

Billionaire Aliko Dangote's smooth landing

With a new government in power, the business magnate is betting on his huge refinery and agriculture projects taking off. Meanwhile, Dangote Cement continues an expansion plan that has left others scrambling to catch up.

The PDP’s lack of faith in biometric registration played into the hands of the tech-savvy APC. Credit: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

How the Nigerian electoral race was won

With less money than its rivals, the APC poached ruling party dissidents and used technology and social media to get its message out and monitor the vote.

Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as Nigeria’s President in historic transfer of power.

Muhammadu Buhari is sworn in as Nigeria’s President in historic transfer of power

Muhammadu Buhari, a 72-year-old retired general, took Nigeria’s oath of office on Friday, assuming the presidency of Africa’s most populous nation. The ceremony, rich with military pomp and cultural tradition, marked a historic transfer of power on the continent.

Profile of Nigeria's new APC administration

Nigeria: Changing of the Guard - Africa Practice (Infographic & Report)

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.

Nigeria’s President-elect Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari will release full audit on Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

Nigerian President-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will publish the full audit of the state oil company and expects it will need to repay the government more than previously recommended, his party’s policy director said.

Nigeria's election - Africa's shining moment

Nigeria's election: Africa's shining moment - Razia Khan, Head of Africa Research, Standard Chartered

The All Progressives Congress (APC), led by former military leader General Muhammadu Buhari, has won the presidential election, unseating the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that has dominated Nigeria since its 1999 transition to civilian rule.

Central Bank of Nigeria sees pressure on Naira easing after vote

Central Bank of Nigeria sees pressure on Naira easing after vote

Portfolio inflows to Nigeria jumped since last month’s presidential elections, easing pressure on the currency of Africa’s biggest oil producer, according to the central bank.

Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria's President-Elect Muhamadu Buhari. Credit: lindaikeji.blogspot.com/George Okoro

Aisha Buhari: a new style of First Lady in Nigeria?

“Few would have believed that the taciturn, austere General Buhari had a soft, smiling and sweet woman at home,” the Vanguard daily said after the former military ruler was elected Nigeria’s next president.

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria's President-Elect

Nigeria's APC wins landslide over PDP in state polls (Infographic)

The party of Nigeria‘s incoming president has won a landslide in elections for powerful state governors, ending the former ruling party’s dominance. The All Progressives Congress (APC) won 19 of the 28 governor posts in results declared from Saturday’s elections.

Nigeria's President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari casting his vote for the Governorship and House of Assembly election in Daura, Katsina State, on April 11, 2015 (AFP Photo/Sunday Aghaeze)

Nigeria's incoming ruling party APC makes gains in state governorship elections

Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress on Sunday made key gains in regional elections and kept power in the economic capital Lagos, strengthening its position nationwide after a historic win in the presidential vote last month.

Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor-Elect, Lagos State, Nigeria

Nigeria's APC candidate Akinwunmi Ambode wins Lagos state governorship

Nigeria‘s All Progressives Congress (APC), the party of President-Elect, Muhammadu Buhari, retained the Lagos state governorship on Sunday after its candidate Akinwunmi Ambode won 811,547 votes.

APC's Governorship Candidate for Taraba state and Taraba Senator Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan: Could she become Nigeria's first elected female governor?

Results expected in Nigeria's governorship elections

Results were expected to be announced from Sunday in Nigeria‘s state governorship and local assembly polls, after voting wrapped up across the country. A total of 29 governorship and deputy governorship positions from Nigeria’s 36 states are up for grabs and seats in all of the states’ legislatures.

The main candidates for Lagos State Governor: Jimi Agbaje (Left), People's Democratic Party (PDP), and Akinwunmi Ambode, All Progressives Congress (APC)

Nigeria's ruling PDP faces state governors test after president ousted

Nigeria’s Peoples Democratic Party is seeking to win at gubernatorial elections after it lost its grip on national power in Africa’s biggest oil producer when President Goodluck Jonathan was defeated in a vote last month.

Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State

Bola Tinubu: 'Jagaban' cements reputation as Nigeria's Svengali in Buhari win

From his redoubt on Bourdillon road in upmarket Lagos, a man popularly known as the Jagaban cemented his reputation this week as a political Svengali with the role he played helping to orchestrate the downfall of Nigeria’s sitting president, Goodluck Jonathan.

Nigeria's President-Elect Muhammadu Buhari. Photographer: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Buhari pursues cabinet to boost Nigeria's economy and battle Boko Haram

Muhammadu Buhari’s election victory over an incumbent president was unprecedented in Nigerian history.

Wole Soyinka, Africa’s first Nobel Laureate for Literature

Nigerians must forgive Buhari's past, says Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka

Africa’s first Nobel laureate for literature, Wole Soyinka, said Nigerians must show a Nelson Mandela-like ability to forgive president-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s past as an iron-fisted military ruler.

Elections in Nigeria. (AP Photo/Kunle Ogunfuyi)

Now that votes are in, the dangerous part of Nigeria's election has begun

After waiting in long lines around the country over the past two days to vote, Nigerians are engaged in another long wait—to find out who will lead their country for the next four years.

Campaigners for Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan is Nigeria's President and the ruling PDP's presidential candidate. Credit: qz.com

Party Politics in Nigeria's Presidential Election

Nigeria is holding elections Saturday following two years of political unrest. Voters will elect both a president and parliament. The ruling People’s Democratic Party, or PDP, is facing its first real test since coming to power in 1999.

Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential Candidate of Nigeria’s All Progressives Congress (APC)

How Nigeria presidential challenger Muhammadu Buhari went from 'ruthless ex-dictator' to 'weak leader'

General Muhammadu Buhari, the former military head of state and presidential candidate of the opposition APC party has a reputation in Nigeria as a no-nonsense hard man earned during his hardline 20-month military government rule from 1984 to 1985.

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

Nigeria should curb president's oil licensing powers, say lawmakers

The Nigerian president’s power to grant oil licenses should be removed and the government should float 30 percent of the state oil company, lawmakers recommended in a report on a bill aimed at cleaning up the industry in Africa’s top crude producer.

Opposition presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), speaks during the Nigeria Labour Congress in Abuja, February 9, 2015. AFOLABI SOTUNDE/REUTERS

Nigerian Opposition Leader Buhari Arrives in London on 'Charm Offensive'

Nigerian opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari has flown to London in an attempt to ease Western fears about his leadership in the event that he succeeds in winning the upcoming presidential election.

Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria

Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, quits ruling party in blow to current president, Goodluck Jonathan

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has quit the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that he helped found, in a blow to President Goodluck Jonathan six weeks before an election.

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan: Nigeria's fortunate leader

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s rise to the top of his country’s ruthless political world has been described as accidental — or simply a matter of luck.

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

Nigeria postponing February 14 elections amid security issues in the northeast

Nigeria‘s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will postpone the February 14 presidential and legislative elections for six weeks to give a new multinational force time to secure parts of the northeastern areas under the sway of Boko Haram.

Goodluck Jonathan is still the favorite for Nigeria's February 14 election (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Could Goodluck Jonathan lose next week's election? Nigeria seeing shift in ethno-religious politics ahead of vote

Less than two weeks from national polls, Nigeria’s ruling party is facing unprecedented shifts in the politics of religion that could spell trouble for the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan

Taxi tricycles drive past campaign billboards and banners in Otuoke, the home town of Nigerian President and People's Democratic Party (PDP) election candidate Goodluck Jonathan in the Niger Delta region, on January 27, 2015 (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan takes election campaign to key oil region

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday took his re-election campaign to the Niger Delta, knowing that victory in the key oil region will help determine the winner of next month’s vote.

Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

Nigeria will not delay elections: Attahiru Jega, Chairman, Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

The head of Nigeria’s electoral commission said on Tuesday the country will hold a presidential election as scheduled on Feb. 14, rejecting a call from one of the president’s advisors to delay them.

Muhammadu Buhari (Left) and Goodluck Jonathan

Buhari vs. Jonathan - Beyond the Election: Chukwuma Charles Soludo, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

I need to preface this article with a few clarifications. I have taken a long sabbatical leave from partisan politics, and it is real fun watching the drama from the balcony.

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

Nigeria: High stakes in key states vote

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.

Former military ruler and presidential aspirant of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari attends his party's presidential primary in Lagos on December 11, 2014 (AFP Photo/Pius Utomi Ekpei)

Smears and fears: Nigeria presidential campaign gets personal

When Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general, was in Abuja last week, he urged all presidential candidates and parties to rise above the personal and debate the issues that matter.

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan slams Islamists abroad, is muted at home

A day after gunmen killed 12 people at the French satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris on Jan. 7, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan issued a statement condemning the “dastardly terrorist attack.”

Keystone Bank

Nigeria's AMCON to start Keystone Bank sale after elections

The Asset Management Corp. of Nigeria plans to begin the sale of Keystone Bank Ltd., the biggest of three lenders nationalized after a 2009 financial crisis, in the second quarter after general elections next month.

Goodluck Jonathan at the election campaign rally in Lagos. Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan begins re-election campaign

Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, formally began his campaign for re-election on Thursday, taking the fight to a key opposition stronghold with a mass rally.

Muhammadu Buhari, Presidential Candidate of Nigeria's All Progressive Congress (APC)

Will Muhammadu Buhari be Nigeria's next president?

For the first time in Nigeria’s 16 years of democracy, there is real chance that the president could be someone other than the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria's Minister of Finance

Nigeria revises budget downwards following oil price decline

Nigeria has revised its budget downwards by 8% and lowered its growth estimates, following the dramatic fall in the price of oil.

Muhammadu Buhari, APC's candidate for Nigeria's presidency and former military leader

Rehabilitated Buhari billed as answer to Nigeria's problems

More than 30 years after he ruled with an iron fist, jailing the corrupt and championing the virtues of military discipline in all things, Muhammadu Buhari is now being billed as Nigeria’s savior.