Abuja: Aliyu Gusau, the powerful
security adviser to Nigeria`s President has resigned to
contest the January Presidential polls against incumbent
Jonathan had also announced his intention to contest
in polls scheduled for January and continue as the country’s
The top security aide`s decision has increased the
number of candidates jostling for the position in the ruling
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which include former dictator,
Ibrahim Babaginda and former vice president Atiku Abubakar.
Gusau was appointed in March by Jonathan amidst
speculations that he had presidential ambition.
Observers say his quest for presidency may be
related to his close association with former rulers like
Babangida and General Muhamadu Buhari.
He is also among northern candidates of the ruling
party started a plan to present a single candidate from the
four serious contenders amongst them ahead of its primaries
scheduled for October 18, 2010.
The candidature of Jonathan, a former vice president
from the South who took over from late president Umaru Musa
Yar`Adua from the north after his death in May, has drawn flak
from some northern politicians.
This criticism came against the backdrop of an
agreement that power must be rotated between the north and
south which Yar`Adua`s death brought to the fore.
Presidential elections will be held in Nigeria on
January 22 next year. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous
country with a population of 150 million returned to democracy
in 1999 after several years of military intervention.
Since then, presidential elections which are
conducted every four years have been won by the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP).
Though opposition parties challenged the victories,
the courts always rule in favour of PDP citing lack of
evidence to prove the elections were rigged.