Atiku, Fayose already front-runners
By Nsikan Ikpe
With Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC confirming that presidential and parliamentary elections are due to hold on February 16, 2019, a burst of feverish political activity is expected to commence all across the country very shortly.
Within these permutations, enormous pressure is presently being piled on incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to show their hands very quickly if they are not to lose critical momentum.
This is because, to stand a chance at winning, serious contenders would be required to in the past 70 weeks drive very vigorous campaigns across the 36 states of the country as well as the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
That is not all. Ahead of the elections proper, the parties are expected to conclude primaries to select their desired candidates. With October, 2018 being the likely date for this activity, it then shortens the effective political campaign time for candidates to be so nominated by their parties to just within 50 weeks.
Meanwhile, The Difference checks have revealed that the duo of former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Peter Fayose, are the current front-runners among aspirants that have presently declared their intention to run for the plum office of President in the now scheduled polls.
Several other aspirants are expected to indicate their intentions to run in the forthcoming days, including either incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari himself or one of his close allies from the ranks of what Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has termed, the Buharists.