Opposition parties in Nigeria have agreed to unite to compete against the governing People’s Democratic Party in elections due in 2011

The 19 parties are forming what they describe as one mega party to challenge President Umaru Yar aAua. Heavy weights are involved including former presidential contenders Atiku Abubakar and Muhammadu Buhari who also led Nigeria after a coup in the 1980’s. The opposition parties say they are uniting in order to save Nigeria. They accuse the PDP of running the country into the ground and acting as if Nigeria was a one party state. The PDP has dominated since Nigeria’s return to civil rule in 1999. But observers have criticized elections as being marred by rigging voter intimidation and the use of security forces in favour of the ruling party.



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