Nigerian Democracy and Prospects for the 2011 Elections
Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; Nigeria Leadership Initiative Advisory Board
Dr Abdul Raufu Mustapha, Lecturer in African Politics, University of Oxford
HE Ambassador Dozie Nwanna, Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria to the UK, Nigeria High Commission
Chair: Alex Vines, Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Changes within Nigeria's ruling People's Democratic Party and a consequent slight levelling of the political playing field mean that the April 2011 elections may be crucial to cementing Nigeria's democratic transition and to rebuilding confidence in democracy in the country. While the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is the current frontrunner tipped to win the Presidential elections, the outcomes of many state elections are less certain. The speaker will discuss the prospects for the Nigerian 2011 elections and the challenges to ensuring these elections are free and fair in the context of Nigeria's democratic transition to date.
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