Nigeria approves strong political coalition

2013-07-31 15:21

Lagos - Nigeria's electoral commission says it approves the creation of a coalition that will bring together three political parties expected to present a strong challenge to President Goodluck Jonathan and his party in 2015 elections.

The commission announced on Wednesday it has approved the application for the All Progressive Congress that includes powerful Muslims from the north and equally influential Christian southerners.

It includes former military ruler General Muhammadu Buhari who some consider a strong anti-corruption fighter - a front on which Jonathan is perceived as failing despite promises to halt the endemic graft that is debilitating to the economy of Africa's biggest oil producer.

The coalition's most powerful figure from the south is Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former senator and past governor of Lagos State who is considered a kingmaker.