Nigeria is holding presidential elections on February 16, 2019, and state elections on 2 March. Over 84 million people are set to vote on February 16 to elect the next president in Africa’s largest democracy.
According to the Al Jazeera report, more than 70 candidates are competing for the next president of Nigeria. But the main contest is observed between the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, 76, of the ruling-All Progressives Congress, and former vice president Atiku Abubakar, 72, of the People’s Democratic Party.
The pair(above) has run for president nine times between them. Atiku Abubakar has vowed to get the country “working again” by reviving the economy of the country, which is also Africa’s top oil producer.
Some media outlets have already relayed information about Nigerian general elections, some criticizing Buhari government and praising the main opposition candidate, Atiku, that he is ‘set to revive the Nigerian economy’.
According to Quartz magazine, Nigeria’s president Buhari failed to fix Nigeria’s economy, but still has the edge this election.” The main challenger, former Atiku Abubakar, laid out his economic vision.
If I get the job, I will apply what I have learnt in my business life to create millions of jobs across our great nation. I trust it is not too immodest to observe that perhaps my skills and experience have never been more needed? #SilverbirdMOTY #LetsGetNigeriaWorkingAgain
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) February 3, 2019
According to BBC, ‘Godfathers” in Nigerian politics don’t usually run for office themselves, but many believe they are the ones who decide the election winners and losers. They are political sponsors, who use money and influence to win support for their preferred candidates.
The African Arguments notes that the “fake news” and its political impact are influencing the Nigerian elections.
“This phenomenon has reached new heights, however, ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 elections. As the campaign has heated up, fake news about both President Muhammadu Buhari and his main opponent former vice-president Atiku Abubakar has swirled on Whatsapp, Facebook, and Twitter. It has been shared knowingly by canny campaign officials as well as unwittingly by thousands of unsuspecting voters”, African Arguments reports.
The This Day writes that “Neither of the two candidates(Buhari and Atiku) is offering ideas on how to resolve this nagging problem [of university staff strikes] or any of the other contradictions that define our nation today. Aside from the tantrums, abuses, and disinformation being exchanged in the social media by supporters of these two leading candidates, one cannot ascertain where they stand on critical national issues.”
The US warning to the Nigerian Election commission, INEC.
Meanwhile, the United States of America has issued a stern warning ahead of this Nigerian general elections, stating that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has to resist external “pressure and intimidation” in the upcoming general elections scheduled for February 16 and March 2.
The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said: “The United States government supports a free, fair, transparent, and peaceful election that reflects the will of the Nigerian people. It is critical that the Independent National Electoral Commission operates free from outside pressure and intimidation and in a totally objective manner”.
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