The National Party of Nigeria has moved ahead of its rivals in elections for the country's four hundred and forty-nine seat House of Representatives.
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According to the magazine "Africa", all five of Nigeria's political parties are offering much the same package of election promises. These include free medical care, free education, cheaper and better housing, piped water to all cities, towns and villages, self-sufficiency in agriculture, and better and cheaper transportation.
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Background: The National Party of Nigeria has moved ahead of its rivals in elections for the country's four hundred and forty-nine seat House of Representatives. But, according to Radio Lagos, it is still a long way short of an overall majority.
SYNOPSIS: Polling for the House of Representatives took place on Saturday (14 July) and was the second in a series of elections aimed at returning Nigeria to civilian government under an American-style constitution. By Monday (16 July), with two hundred and thirty-three results declared, the NPN had eighty-eight seats, the United Party of Nigeria and the Nigerian People's Party both had sixty-one. The two other parties contesting the elections trailed, with thirteen and ten respectively.
All five parties are preaching a similar left-wing political gospel. But in last week's Senate elections, the NPN -- led by Alhaji Shehu Shafari -- also headed the poll, taking thirty six of the ninety-five seats. The people of Nigeria will also have to vote for State Legislative Assemblies and State Governors before a Presidential poll on the eleventh of August. Nigeria has been under military government since 1966, and the elections are the climax to a four-year programme adopted in 1975, when a group of officers overthrew the then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowan.