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Nigeria: Frenzy as political parties countdown to campaign season


Analysts expect a very heated period of intense campaigning

By Nsikan Ikpe


A frenzy of sorts is building up in the country as Nigeria’s political parties countdown to the formal commencement of campaigns for the 2019 presidential contest, The Difference has learnt.

While the ruling All Progressives Party, APC has witnessed a flurry of consultations between party leaders and incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari with a view to continuing to douse the fires stirred in the course of its primaries processes, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its flagbearer former Vice President Atiku Abubakar have presently penciled Monday to flag off what they have described as their own ‘issue-based campaign.’

Other contenders in the crowded field of presidential hopefuls include Oby Ezekwesili of the Action Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Tope Fasua of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, ANRP and Fela Durotoye of the Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN.

Analysts say that thet expect to see a very heated period of intense campaigning ahead of the presidential elections which is billed to hold in February, 2019.

Nigeria holds presidential elections once in every four years with the elected president statutorily being sworn in on Democracy Day, May 29.

President Muhammadu Buhari had defeated the PDP contender and then incumbent, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2015 to emerge as president.


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