Two separate British research organization reportedly conducted opinion pools in order to determine the outcome of the 2019 presidential election scheduled to hold in the next five days, February 16.
News reaching us is that Opinion polls conducted by two research organisations, NOI Poll and British Business Group, have reportedly predicted that President Muhammadu Buhari will emerge the winner of the February 16 presidential election.
The Nation reports that recent findings indicate that the two main contenders for the presidential race are President Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The poll conducted by NOI Poll reportedly showed that Buhari support was based on six factors – continuity, fight against corruption, integrity, improving security, helping the poor and preferred choice.
On the other hand, it showed that the support for Atiku was based on the criteria of better economy, better governance, preferred choice, past political records, and restructuring. The NOI Poll reportedly stated that Buhari had an overall lead.
“That President Muhammadu Buhari actually had an overall lead in our polls is cold comfort for his supporters because further analysis confirms that only approximately one-third of the electorate nationwide claimed to be backing his candidacy. Atiku is lagging behind President Muhammadu Buhari,” it stated “The strongest argument against Atiku were also those that were brandied around by some of his new friends, who were his erstwhile political enemies. All of a sudden, they would have us forget everything bad that they told us about Atiku….So, PMB is in the lead, but Atiku has momentum.
Buhari will secure a win…Buhari maintains support in the North and Southwest, the same regions with the largest share of registered voters.”
In the other poll by the British Business Group, findings reportedly showed that Buhari maintains support in the north and southwest, the same regions with the largest share of registered voters. The poll said: “PDP will struggle to mobilize support outside its traditional strongholds, but will face difficulties in funding its campaigns and internal divisions among ambitious governors.”
Findings from the recent polls reportedly did not contradict an earlier report of New York-based global research firm, Eurasia Group, which predicted that the President will win by 60%. Meanwhile, as Nigerians prepare for the February 16, and March 2, general elections, the federal government on Monday, February 11, warned against any form of threat to internal security, before, during and after the polls.
The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (Rtd) issued the warning in Abuja, in a statement signed by Mr Mohammed Manga, the ministry’s Director of Press & Public Relations. Dambazau said that President Muhammadu Buhari, was committed to ensuring free, fair and credible elections; and that “in order to achieve this commitment, elections must be peaceful.