A group of influential northern politicians in Nigeria’s ruling party said on Monday they had agreed on a consensus candidate to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan in the party’s primaries ahead of elections next April.
The Northern Political Leaders Forum, led by former finance minister Adamu Ciroma, said it had chosen former Vice President Atiku Abubakar out of four candidates to run against Jonathan in primaries expected in January.
The emergence of a single candidate from the north to challenge Jonathan, a southerner, for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) nomination will make his battle to win elections in Africa’s most populous nation all the more difficult.
The PDP’s dominance in Nigeria means its candidate will be almost certain to win the election.
“I am profoundly grateful to the other aspirants … Their decision to abide by the decision of the consensus committee is a further testimony to their patriotism, honor, service and selflessness,” Abubakar said in a statement.
“I will continue to count on their support in the campaign to win the PDP primaries and the 2011 president election.”
Source: yahoo news