Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian president, is facing a Boko Haram insurgency and a crisis within his party. (Photograph: Sunday Alamba/AP)
Nigeria’s leading opposition coalition says it has won over 11 senators who have defected from President Goodluck Jonathan’s party. Lai Mohammed, spokesman for the All Progressives Congress, said on Wednesday January 29 that even more senators are expected to defect soon. Jonathan’s party has fractured over his perceived desire to contest February 2015 elections.
It recently lost its majority in the House of Representatives when dozens of legislators joined the opposition.
However, a former presidential candidate and ex-governor of Kano state, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, announced his defection from the opposition coalition to the president’s party, citing the coalition’s lack of structure. Nigeria has a history of violent elections and there already has been conflict as Africa’s biggest oil producer prepares for balloting Feb. 14, 2015.