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Nigeria’s Ruling Party Names Bamanga Tukur as Chairman

March 24 (Bloomberg) -- Bamanga Tukur was elected as the new chairman of Nigeria’s ruling People’s Democratic Party for the next four years.

Tukur, who’s from the northeastern Adamawa state, won as ten other candidates pulled out, Defense Minister Bello Haliru Mohammed said today at a party convention in Abuja, the country’s capital.

The PDP, formed in 1998 following the death of military ruler Sani Abacha, has been in power since 1999. The convention was also attended by Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan. The PDP said 3,185 delegates voted for Tukur, 12 voted against him and 51 votes were invalid.

To contact the reporter on this story: Maram Mazen in Abuja at mmazen@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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