The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria said on Monday that it will nominate a presidential candidate at the end of May to fight elections scheduled for February next year, as it strives to reclaim power seven years after losing it.
Atiku Abubakar, a veteran politician and former vice president, is widely considered the front-runner to represent the opposition. If he contests the election, it will be his sixth try at the president.
The PDP dominated Africa’s most populous nation until 1999, when President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress party ousted it from office.
Buhari will leave office next year after serving two four-year mandates in a row.
According to an election calendar, the PDP’s presidential primary will take place during a special convention from May 30 to June 1. State governors and members of the state legislature will be chosen in advance of the convention.