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Nigeria's Ruling Party Chairman Resigns


The chairman of Nigeria's ruling party has stepped down in the wake of a bitter fight with President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Audu Ogbeh of the People's Democratic Party handed in a letter of resignation Monday.

Mr. Ogbeh wrote a letter to President Obasanjo, criticizing his handling of a crisis between rival party factions in southeastern Anambra state.

In November of last year, armed gangs ransacked offices of Anambra state Governor Chris Ngige. The crisis in Anambra began in 2003 and worsened after Mr. Ngige had a fall-out with his political backer, Chris Uba, a wealthy businessman.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.Mr. Uba's brother is a close aide to President Obasanjo.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

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