March 9, 2008 | General News
Nigeria's governing party picks new leader
The governing People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria has elected Vincent Ogbulafor as its new leader at a convention in the capital, Abuja. Mr Ogbulafor is the party's former general secretary and is considered a compromise candidate, able to unite different factions of the party. His election is seen as a setback for ex-leader Olusegun Obasanjo who was backing his own candidate. The PDP won heavily in disputed 2007 polls and dominates national politics.It won a large majority in last year's elections for the presidency, the legislature and state governors.President Umaru Yar'Adua was chosen by Mr Obasanjo to stand as his successor.He had stayed neutral on the issue of who would become party chairman. This year's convention is benn seen as a test of the influence of Mr Obasanjo, who retains a powerful position within the PDP structure.Before leaving office, Mr Obasanjo became head of the PDP Board of Trustees - a virtually permanent position. He also ensured allies took other leadership posts.