The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Africa is insisting that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, will win the February 16 presidential election.
Yesterday, EIU Africa said the margin of victory was getting narrower as the election approaches, but Atiku and his political party will win the historic election.
“Less than two weeks before #Nigeria‘s presidential election. Abubakar has floated idea of corruption amnesty. It is arguably an impolitic time for such a delicate proposal.
“Abubakar is hard-pressed to convince voters that he is a clean politician, having been on the receiving end of numerous graft allegations in the past.
“We retain out forecast for #Abubakar to win, but expected margin of victory is narrowing as the poll approaches,” EIU Africa tweeted.
The research unit of London-based The Economist Magazine had said in 2018 that the PDP will win the 2019 election.
“With the vote likely to be split in the North, Abubakar will find it easier to garner support from the country’s south, which has traditionally been a safe haven for the PDP.
“This gives Abubakar an edge, as does popular frustration over the rise in joblessness and poverty (two of the biggest voter concerns) on Mr. Buhari’s watch, as well as growing insecurity in central Nigeria.”
Lai Mohammed, minister for information and culture, had said The Economist’s prediction was nothing but fake news.
“We have all read that the intelligence unit of The Economist said the PDP will defeat the ruling APC in 2019,” he had said.
“We have also read that the international financial institution HSBC said Nigeria’s economic development will be stunted if President Buhari gets a second term
“Let me state clearly that these reports are based on fake premises and, therefore, qualify as fake news. It is a psychological warfare by those who have been badly hit by our policies.”
In 2015, the magazine also predicted victory for Muhammadu Buhari over then-incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, stating that Buhari was “the least awful choice,” which would be chosen “with a heavy heart”.
“Voters have ample cause to send Mr Jonathan packing. In a country where power has often changed through the barrel of a gun, the opposition All Progressives Congress has a real chance of winning through the ballot box,” The Economist said in 2015.
Source: Thisday Newspaper
WHY DAPO ABIODUN’S ELECTION WILL STAND….Oladipo
Former Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo has said that the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM), governorship candidate in the just concluded election, Abdulkabir Adekunle Akinlade, should have submitted to the will of the people of the state, who didn’t see him worthy of leading them and the accept defeat.
He said Akinlade should have “accepted defeat in good faith and submit to the will of the people as the election of Governor-elect Prince Dapo Abiodun by the people stand, and nobody will upturn the election by any means, whether legal or illegal.”
Oladipo explained that the election of Abiodun as Governor of the state was the freest and most rancour-free in the history of Ogun as adjudged by various national and international observers who witnessed the election and gave the appraisal to the electoral body who conducted the election.
In a statement signed by the former Commissioner in reaction to an interview granted a media outfit in Abeokuta, challenging the result of the election at the tribunal by the APM, Oladipo said Akinlade’s reactions by the election indicated that he was still suffering from defeat.
He added that the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM) and its candidate were yet to advance any concrete argument to discredit the election rated as most peaceful, saying that; “their attempt to heat up the polity and create unnecessary tension through their unguarded utterances days before, during and after the election failed and were now blaming the APC for their failure.”
In his reaction to the petition of Labour Party (LP) Candidate, Mrs Modupeolu Sanyaolu, said it was a tip of iceberg as the party has two factions in the state, saying that both the two factional leaders have congratulated the governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun including their governorship candidate.
He added that he was flabbergasted to hear that LP now head to tribunal to challenge the omission of its party logo on the ballot paper, noting that the party led by Comrade Abayomi Arabambi who double as Chairman of Intra Party Advisory Council (IPAC), has congratulated the leader of the party in the state, Olusegun Osoba and the governor-elect.
He said that the state REC, Prof. AbdulGaniy Raji, also expressed his curiosity and foe play in the petition of Labour Party at the tribunal, adding that it supposed to have pre-empted the process before going to polls, which would have addressed earlier before the proper election.
“You see, there is no moral standing for LP to now fill petition before the tribunal, as it is now, it is very cleared that LP has no locus standi in initiating any petition before the tribunal and all efforts to truncate the election that produced Prince Dapo Abiodun will not stand,” Oladipo quoted.
Oladipo said that the party was once congratulated the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its Governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun for their victoriously won the election, but it came to a surprise when the same party filed application at the tribunal, challenging the INEC for its logo’s omission at the polls.
Osun Election: Appeal Court Reaffirms Adeleke As Osun State Governor
A Federal Court of Appeal sitting in Akure, Ondo state has reaffirmed the qualification and eligibility of Osun State PDP Governorship candidate, Ademola Adeleke to hold office.
This apparently put to rest the controversy over his eligibility to contest the Osun governorship election last year.
The latest judgement has also knocked out the judgement of the Bwari High Court and rendered its conclusion ineffective, null and void with no effect on the candidacy of the PDP candidate for the September 2018 governorship election.
The Bwari judgement had contradicted the Osogbo high court verdict by rejecting testimonies of WAEC, an examination body which in a sworn affidavit confirmed that Ademola Adeleke sat for its examination with attached results.
But, the Akure Court of Appeal this Saturday dismissed an appeal against the judgement of Osogbo High court which had confirmed the eligibility of Senator Ademola Adeleke to contest for the governorship of Osun State.
The Osogbo High Court had earlier ruled that Senator Adeleke is qualified to contest for the governorship having been educated up to secondary school level.
The petitioners however proceeded to appeal against the ruling, insisting that the Senator is not qualified and therefore Dr Akin Ogunbiyi who is the second runner up at the governorship primary should be declared the winner of the primary.
The Akure Appeal court in its ruling dismissed the appeal on three grounds ,affirming the judgement of the lower court that confirmed the eligibility of Senator Adeleke.
The first ground was that the court has no jurisdiction to hear the case .The second was that the sponsored petitioner; one Kingsley Awosiyan from Ife Central has no locus standi to file the case and third was that the matter was brought to court outside the stipulated 14 days after the conduct of the Governorship primaries election.
BreakingNews: INEC declares Wike re-elected in Rivers
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Wednesday declared Nyesome Wike of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) winner of the March 9th governorship election in Rivers state.
The Returning Officer for River state, Professor Teddy Adias of the Niger Delta University Otuoke, Bayelsa state who declared Wike winner of the election said he polled a total of 886, 264 votes to defeat his closest opponent and candidate of the African Action congress(AAC), Biokpamabo Awara, who scored a total of 173, 859.
According to Prof. Adias, “That I, this day confirm that I am the returning officer for this election and that Nyesom Wike of the PDP having satisfied requirement of the law and scored the highest number of the votes is hereby declared winner and stand elected.”
Earlier, the returning officer had said that a total of 3, 048, 741 voters were registered across the state for the elections, and a total of 1, 130, 445 were accredited, while a total of 1, 123, 840 votes were validated as a total of 249, 324 votes were either cancelled or elections not held.
Also, a total of 1, 123, 840 votes were cast in the exercise.
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