Africa Now April 8, 2015 Postscript to Nigeria's Pres. Election

Voters Queuing in Rivers State March 28 Photo Courtesy of Dr. Carl LeVan

Voters Queuing in Rivers State March 28 Photo Courtesy of Dr. Carl LeVan

Topic: Postscript to Nigeria’s Presidential Election.  On March 28, 2015 Nigerians went to the polls to elect a president and national assembly—originally scheduled for February 14 but postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Nigeria to March for security reasons.  There were 14 presidential candidates in the race: the two main candidates were the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).  For the first time in Nigeria’s multi-party politics history, the incumbent lost to the challenger with APC’s retired General Muhammadu Buhari defeating PDP’s Goodluck Jonathan.  To analyze the election are Mr. Nii Akuetteh and Dr. Carl LeVan.

Guests: Mr. Nii Akuetteh is an independent Africa policy analyst based in Washington, DC and is Executive Director of the African Immigrant Caucus.  Mr. Akuetteh was formerly the Executive Director of Africa Action and former director of OSI West Africa in Nigeria.  Prior to that he was a Georgetown University Adjunct Professor of African Affair and former Research Director at TransAfrica Forum.  Mr. Akuetteh appears regularly on various media outlets such as Al Jazeera, BBC, CCTV, NPR, The Real News Network and more.  Dr. Carl LeVan is an Assistant Professor at School of International Service at American University where he focuses on comparative political institutions, democratization, and African security.  Professor LeVan is author of the recent book Dictators and Democracy in African Development: The Political Economy of Good Governance in Nigeria (Cambridge University Press, 2015).  Prior to being at American University Dr. LeVan worked for U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-MI) and then as the National Democratic Institute's (NDI) country director in Nigeria.  He served on the 2015 NDI election observer mission in Nigeria.

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