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Former Anti-Graft Czar to Run In Nigerian Election

Monday, 20 September 2010 01:37 PM

ABUJA, Nigeria – A former anti-corruption boss and a state governor on Monday became the latest aspirants for Nigeria's top political job in an election due early next year.

Nuhu Ribadu, ex-head of the country's anti-corruption agency who returned home in June from self-imposed exile in the US, announced that he would run for the presidency for the main opposition party Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

He told reporters in Abuja he would be "part of a team that will bring change to our country."

Bukola Saraki, governor of central Kwara State state also joined the race, bringing to four the Muslim candidates squaring up to President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries.

Saraki declared his intention to run on his website (www.abubakarbukolasaraki.com) and in frontpage newspapers adverts on Monday promising "to dedicate my life and energy to the cause of our country and our people."

Jonathan's national security adviser Aliyu Gusau, meanwhile, quit his job at the weekend so he could run for election against his boss, who appointed him only six months ago.

Former military ruler Ibrahim Babangida and an ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar are others vying for the PDP backing in the elections due on January 22.

The election date however looks likely to be changed.

An unwritten PDP policy dictates that it rotate its candidates between the Muslim north and predominantly Christian south every second term -- a form of power-sharing in a nation roughly split in half between Christians and Muslims and with some 250 ethnic groups.

The actual election date now remains unclear after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Sunday said it required more time to prepare for the poll. It did not make clear how much more time it needed.

Originally it had announced elections would hold in January. An exercise to overhaul the voters' register had been scheduled to run over two weeks in November in this country of 150 million people.

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