Polls and permutations by users on social media put President Muhammad Buhari of Nigeria in a positive shape ahead of Nigeria’s 2019 general election.
In several polls and commentaries online, a majority of Nigerians attitude showed that they are still sympathetic to Buhari/Osinbajo ticket than other aspirants.
In an opinion sampling conducted by one of Nigeria’s leading newspapers, The Punch, majority of respondents did not consider those that left the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a threat to Buhari’s emergence in 2019.
When the newspaper asked that “Oshiomole says ‘Defectors are big masqueraders without electoral value’. Do you agree or you think otherwise? If you agree=Like If you disagree=Retweet”, the majority liked.
The result of the poll on Friday at 6pm showed that 196 retweeted and 489 liked.
In another poll conducted by another Twitter user, Hammad Rabiu @its_hammadrabiu, 57 percent of the 6,464 voters voted Buhari.
When asked “If Kwankwaso and Buhari end up at the top in 2019, who are you voting for?”, 23 percent of the voters ticked in favour of Kwankwaso.
The poll came few hours after former Vice President Atiku Abubakar announced that he defeated Senate President Bukola Saraki, former governor of Kano State, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in an online poll conducted by popular blogger, Japheth Omojuwa.
In the Twitter online poll, Atiku polled 42 percent compared to Saraki’s 37 percent and Kwankwaso’s 15 percent with the other candidates settling for 6 percent of the votes.
Apart from the permutations and polls, there were also predictions over who could eventually emerge as the president.
Some also believed that those defecting would have a clash of interest after some of the big names recently declared their interest to become President of Nigeria.
One of the trending social media messages reads: “Atiku frightfully wants to be president in 2019; Rabiu Kwakwanso desperately wants to be president in 2019; Dankwambo and Sule Lamido cautiously want to be president in 2019 all in Peoples Democratic Party. While Atiku and Kwakwanso prostitute around politically shopping for presidential tickets, Sule Lamido and Dankwambo have remained loyal and faithful working for their party.”
Another post suggested that the PDD, which majority of the defectors planned to contest under, may be divided before the election.
It read: “By end of October 2018, PDP would have been divided into 2-3 factions. Five out of 15 Senators that defected would be ordinary PDP members, no return to Senate. Five would return to APC and plead to work with Buhari in FeBuhari 2019. The remaining five, we won’t even hear their names anymore.”
Mallam Adamu Hayatu™ @AHayatu added: “Buhari is the name of our political party – (2003-2023).”
umar Abdulrahmn @UAbdulrahmn said: “We did not vote Buhari because of those senators, rather we voted those senators because of Buhari.”
But the Buhari supporters were warned that the APC may also seize to exist before the 2019 election.
“Buhari used APP in 2003 and APP died, Buhari used ANPP in 2007 and ANPP died, Buhari used CPC in 2011 and CPC died, Buhari used APC in 2015, will APC die?” IamAlbert @albertini220 retweeted.