Presidential election in Nigeria - 16 April 2011


The presidential, legislative and governorship/state assembly elections in Nigeria were held in a very tense environment. They were nevertheless recognised as “most credible” since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999. They also dispelled quite a number of long-held myths about Nigeria. This is the point of view of His Excellency Gordon H. Bristol, Nigeria’s Ambassador to France who highlights in our interview: “A Nigerian, irrespective of where he or she comes from, who is popular with Nigerians generally has a good chance of winning the presidency, be it from a minority ethnic group or from any of the majority ethnic groups”. > read the interview


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The Candidates

A total of 18 candidates vied to become the next President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. These were the top contenders.


NAME: Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
PARTY AFFILIATION: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
POSITION:  The incumbent
DATE OF BIRTH: November 20, 1957

PLACE OF BIRTH: Bayelsa State, Nigeria


NAME: Gen. Muhammadu Buhari
PARTY AFFILIATION: Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)
POSITION: The former military ruler
DATE OF BIRTH: December 17, 1942
PLACE OF BIRTH: Katsina state, Nigeria


NAME: Malam Nuhu Ribadu
PARTY AFFILIATION: Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)
POSITION: The former anti-corruption czar
DATE OF BIRTH: November 21, 1960
PLACE OF BIRTH: Adamawa State, Nigeria


NAME: Malam Ibrahim Shekarau
PARTY AFFILIATION: All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)
POSITION:  The Northern governor
DATE OF BIRTH: November 5, 1955
PLACE OF BIRTH: Kano State, Nigeria


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