Top Nigerian ruling party figure defects


Nigeria’s ruling party, weakened by mass defections and riven by months of in-fighting, was dealt a fresh blow on Sunday, when one of its most senior figures said he had joined the main opposition.

Atiku Abubakar, the country’s vice president under Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2007, said he was leaving the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The move, announced on Twitter, Facebook, email and his personal website, heaps further pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan after the defection of dozens of state governors and lawmakers.