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Third opposition candidate declares bid for Nigeria presidency

The governor of Kano state Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (left) and the emir of Kano Ado Bayero pray in the central mosque in the northern Nigerian city of Kano on January 23, 2012The governor of north Nigeria’s most populous state on Tuesday announced his bid to run for president on the main opposition ticket, as the speaker of the country’s lower house of parliament defected to the same party. Kano State governor Rabiu Kwankwaso’s declaration, made at a rally in the capital Abuja, sets up a three-way battle for the presidential nomination within the All Progressives Congress (APC). Nigeria’s former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari and the country’s ex-vice-president Atiku Abubakar have already said they want to contest for the February 14, 2015 poll. Kwankwaso, who defected from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of President Goodluck Jonathan last year, is a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives and defence minister.

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