Nigeria Gets Strong Opposition Party

Twentieth century Nigeria has seen it all. From civil war, to ethnic animosities, military interventions and shameless corruption. Fourteen years after the end of military rule Nigeria’s most urgent preoccupation should be the issue of democracy. Since 1999 Nigerian politics have been dominated by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a corrupted and conservative party that has foster inequality particularly due to its uneven distribution of the nation’s oil wealth. Until recently, there seemed to be no prospect to overthrow Goodluck Jonathan (PDP’s President), but a newly united opposition presents the first credible menace to the rulling party. After years of competing against each other, the four opposition parties have put their ambitions aside and created a coalition that might represent the first real shot to depose PDP. It will be interesting to observe this evolution and most importantly at what will happen in the 2015 elections.

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