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Nigeria / Governors / Reaction - 2002-06-27

Ahead of next year’s general elections in Nigeria, several candidates based abroad, especially in the United States, are challenging incumbent state governors.

The expatriates say the current governors have not done enough to deserve a second term. One of the candidates is California-based physician Julius Kpaduwa, who’s vying for the governorship of the southeastern state of Imo.

He says the state needs an outsider who is not part of what he calls “the circle of corruption in Nigeria.” He disputes the current governor’s claims that Imo has recorded tremendous economic growth.

Dr. Kpaduwa told English to Africa reporter Chinedu Offor that he would draw in American funds and expertise to turn the state around.