Opposition groups meet ahead of Nigeria election

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Posted: Apr 13, 2011 12:46 PM
Opposition groups meet ahead of Nigeria election

The two major opposition parties in Nigeria continue to have meetings ahead of Nigeria's coming presidential election _ perhaps to offer a unity candidate to compete against the oil-rich nation's ruling party.

President Goodluck Jonathan, the candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party, remains the strongest contender in Saturday's vote. However, the leaders of the Action Congress of Nigeria and the Congress for Progressive Change have met over the last few days on perhaps joining forces.

Doing so would be difficult, as ballots already have been printed in Africa's most populous nation. However, the Congress for Progressive Change's candidate, former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari, has strong support in the nation's north.