The National Party of Nigeria has moved ahead of its rivals in elections for the country's four hundred and forty-nine seat House of Representatives.
The National Party of Nigeria has moved ahead of its rivals in elections for the country's four hundred and forty-nine seat House of Representatives. But, according to Radio Lagos, it is still a long way short of an overall majority.
SYNOPSIS: Polling for the House of Representatives took place on Saturday (14 July) and was the second in a series of elections aimed at returning Nigeria to civilian government under an American-style constitution. By Monday (16 July), with two hundred and thirty-three results declared, the NPN had eighty-eight seats, the United Party of Nigeria and the Nigerian People's Party both had sixty-one. The two other parties contesting the elections trailed, with thirteen and ten respectively.
All five parties are preaching a similar left-wing political gospel. But in last week's Senate elections, the NPN -- led by Alhaji Shehu Shafari -- also headed the poll, taking thirty six of the ninety-five seats. The people of Nigeria will also have to vote for State Legislative Assemblies and State Governors before a Presidential poll on the eleventh of August. Nigeria has been under military government since 1966, and the elections are the climax to a four-year programme adopted in 1975, when a group of officers overthrew the then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowan.