What Happened: A spokesperson for the People's Democratic Party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the party has ended discussions with six state governors and 27 lawmakers from the All Progressives Congress (APC) who have chosen to defect to the PDP before elections in 2019, the Premium Times reported Sept. 5.
Why It Matters: A number of politicians have already departed from the APC, the current ruling party, to oppose President Muhammadu Buhari. Further defections would deal a harsh blow to his re-election chances.
Background: The first round of Nigeria's next presidential election is scheduled for February 2019. While the APC was able to rally around Buhari in 2015 to prevent the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari's persistent health problems, along with other factors, have caused the party to lose cohesion.
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