Hopes, anxieties, expectations as Nigerians vote, Saturday



Hopes, Expectations, Anxieties as Nigerians vote, Saturday


By John Eche


There are hopes, expectations and anxieties as Nigerians head to the polls on Saturday in what is perhaps one of the most decisive presidential polls to take place in the country since exiting British colonial rule after the decade of the 1950s, The Difference reports.


The contest, which would primarily produce a successor to outgoing President Muhammadu Buhari, is seen by many within and outside the country as essentially a three horse race. The leading contenders are Peter Obi of the fledgling Labour Party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling All Progressives Congress and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Process.


The winner of the contest is expected to be known by Sunday, February 26th but there are also projections that indicate that the contest could yet run into a second ballot.


Underscoring the heated nature of the context, the tardy management of a controversial last-ditch currency redesign policy has come to be thrown into the overall electioneering process, with the ruling party candidate accusing the outgoing government of using it to undermine his chances at the polls.



Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential hopeful



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