Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances of winning re-election in February are facing a potentially insurmountable hurdle: widening divisions in his own party.
Dissatisfied party heavyweights range from his wife, Aisha Buhari, who called on members to “rise against impunity” after her brother lost a gubernatorial nomination, to three influential state governors whose chosen successors failed to win party primaries.
It’s especially troubling for Buhari’s All Progressives Congress because the campaign of his main challenger, Atiku Abubakar, has remained unified and shows signs of gaining momentum.
“With about three months to the elections, what has become obvious is that the APC is in tatters,” said Idayat Hassan, executive director of the Abuja-based Centre for Democracy and Development.
“This infighting will have a huge implication on the ability to successfully deliver the presidency and also to win at the state level.”