Campaigns which are expected to take Nigerians to the polls in 2019 have been declared official on the date of November 18th 2018. Some of the major elites and presidential contenders took the pace across the country to lobby for support in the impending February 16th, 2019 slated presidential and parliamentary elections. Proclaimed official by the country’s independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the campaign will be ongoing for a period of two months –twenty eight days. This implies that the whole process takes the period of 90 days to the Election Day. Thus, the exercise where candidates are expected to woo voters will end on February 15th, 2019; at least 24 hours to the D-day.
WHO ARE THE PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRANTS?
The political rebirth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has instigated the spirit of patriotism in the hearts and minds of Nigerians. This is solely justified from the recent statistics published by the independent national electoral commission (INEC). Over seventy (70) politicians and political parties have embarked on the election process both at presidential and parliamentary levels. However, the electoral body is yet to table the list of eligible candidates expected to face incumbent Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 votes. However, some of the candidates vying for the post of the president include;
- Muhammadu Buhari of the All progressive Congress party (APC)
- Atiku Abubakar representing the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)
- Donald Duke; Social Democratic Party (SDP)
- Kingsley Moghalu: Young Progressive Party (YPP)
- Obiageli Ezekwesili: Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN)
- Fela Durotoye: Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN),
- Omoyele Sowore: African Action Congress (AAC). Just to name but these.
However, the race remains very tense between the most renowned political parties of the Federal Republic of Cameroon. That is the All Progressive Congress Party of Muhammadu Buhari and the main opposition party People’s Democratic Party( Party of then president Goodluck Jonathan), represented by Atiku Abubakar.
WHO IS MUHAMMADU BUHARI
Muhammadu Buhari is a Nigerian national who hails from the Northern part of the country (dominantly Muslim). Born in 1942, Buhari has been actively involved in the country’s politics. A former military chief, Buhari has occupied several political positions.
- Transitional president from 1983-58; after a military takeover that ended the rule of then leader Shehu shagari.
- successful candidate in the 2015 presidential vote, ending Jonathan’s reign
Till date, M. Buhari remains the serving leader of the federal republic, and is expected to lead the country to the polls in the February 16th slated 2019. He was unanimously endorsed by cadres of his ruling All Progressive Congress Party (APC) as front runner in the upcoming elections.
During his first campaign rally, Buhari vowed to provide meaningful jobs to millions of Nigerians and to completely eradicate corruption, which remains a menace to eh country. It is worthy of note that outgoing president Buhari’s failing health has been a bone of contention, many people have questioned his capability to handle Nigeria.
Who is ATIKU ABUBAKAR
Like Buhari, Akiku Abubakar is also a well known political figure in Nigeria. The Nigerian political elite was born in 1946 and is a business magnate. He has been at the fore front during the reign of former leader Olusegun Obasanjo. Akiku has been vice president in the years 1999 and 2007. Standing as the number candidate of the major opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the pro-business politician has underlined ‘’inequality and insecurity as his key words during this campaign process and promised to tackle these if he ascends the throne of leadership in the yet to be held elections.
EXPECTATIONS FROM NIGERIANS
Recently, the West African Nation- Nigeria has been very chaotic on the political scene. In spite of the enormous efforts by incumbent Buhari to bring the country to its position, Nigeria has suffered so many problems including;
- Rising insecurity
- Corruption and Embezzlement
- Farmer/herder dispute that has recorded so many deaths
- Boko Haram insurgency that has remained a threat to the country’s security.
- Unemployment especially among the youths etc.
As such, Nigerians expect the new leader to solve the above problems faced by one of Africa’s oil producing nation. In the meantime, ‘’Friends of Nigeria’ have caution the political stakeholders to ensure transparency and shun negative moves that will jeopardize the democratic process.
AFRIC Editorial Article.