Nigeria’s Ruling Party Faces State Test After President Ousted


(Bloomberg) Nigeria’s Peoples Democratic Party is seeking to win at gubernatorial elections after it lost its grip on national power in Africa’s biggest oil producer when President Goodluck Jonathan was defeated in a vote last month.

Nigerians will elect governors in 29 of the 36 states of Africa’s biggest crude producer on Saturday, having voted out on March 28-29 the presidential candidate of a party that had won every election since the end of military rule in 1999. The PDP is seeking to consolidate its power in the 17 of its 21 states that it already controls and win in key battlegrounds, such as Lagos state, home to the nation’s commercial capital, and the oil-industry hub of Rivers state. LEARN MORE …