Nigerians split politically over possible additional presidential term

Nigeria

Newscast Media LAGOS—Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan faced another setback
on Thursday when a close political ally stepped aside. Nigerians are divided over the
implications, and are also concerned that Goodluck may be ignoring an unwritten rule.

Bamanga Tukur resigned as chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on
Wednesday. His departure was a key demand by President Goodluck Jonathan’s
opponents inside the party.

Jonathan is accused, among other things, of ignoring an unwritten rule that
presidential candidates rotate between Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north and the majority
Christian south. Jonathan, the incumbent president, comes from the south.
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