Nigeria's ruling party shelves primaries, vote delay looms

Nigeria's PDP has shelved its official pre-election activities, suggesting January's presidential vote is almost certain to be delayed by up to three months.

Nigeria's ruling party shelves primaries, vote delay looms

Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) has shelved its official pre-election activities, suggesting January's presidential vote is almost certain to be delayed by up to three months.

Primaries to select the PDP's nomination for leader of Africa's most populous nation had been due to start this weekend but were suspended after the election commission called for more time to iron out problems with voter lists, a party statement said.

"New dates for all PDP Primaries and Congresses shall be communicated in due course," it said.

The head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) this week proposed postponement until April to allow time for an overhaul of the deeply flawed electoral roll.

President Goodluck Jonathan is one of the candidates for the nomination from the PDP. But the struggle to secure the ticket is more contentious than in previous years.

There is no consensus over Jonathan, a southerner who inherited the top job when president Umaru Yar'Adua, a northerner, died earlier this year during his first term in office.

Some PDP officials say the nomination should go to a northerner this time because of an unwritten party agreement that power should rotate between north and south every two terms.

INEC's request for a delay, which has been endorsed by most parties, must be approved by both chambers of Nigeria's National Assembly, which are currently not sitting by which can be called back for a special session.

Newspapers reported that a National Assembly constitutional commission would meet on Monday to discuss necessary changes to the law.


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