Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Nigeria: Obasanjo's Exit From PDP Will Boost Buhari's Winning Chances - Campbell

A former ambassador of the United States to Nigeria, Ambassador John Campbell, yesterday said that the exit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would boost the winning chances of the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the rescheduled March 28 presidential election.

Obasanjo's Exit From PDP Will Boost Buhari's Winning Chances - Campbell
Speaking in his new article, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent in New York, John Campbell added that the former president's decision to quit the party on which platform he ruled the country from 1999 to 2003, as a result of his unending face-offs with President Goodluck Jonathan would certainly work in favour of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said: "This move, along with numerous other defections from the ruling party, may be a sign that the hitherto badly splintered ruling elites may be coming together again in the face of the Boko Haram insurgency, corruption, incompetence of the federal government, and the Abuja government's declining economic performance."

Furthermore, the former US envoy who is also a Senior Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations said that Buhari's positive polling data and the anecdotal evidence of his growing appeal in all parts of the country and across religious and ethnic lines may reflect on this emerging elite consensus.

He also added that a largely reunited political class in favour of Buhari would make it difficult for Jonathan and the ruling PDP to rig the presidential elections as being rumoured and alleged by the opposition parties.
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