Frantic race to secure millions of yet undecided voters
By Anthony Opara
Ahead of next week’s General Elections in Nigeria, politicians and political interests are currently locked in a last minute frenzy to woo millions of yet undecided voters that may ultimately call the polls.
While the bigger All Progressives Congress, APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP are focusing on hosting jumbo rallies to demonstrate that they have enough political acceptability to win at the end of the day, the smaller parties are on their path divided between negotiating to be absorbed by the bigger parties and strengthening their individual or joint platforms ahead of the crucial vote.
On Friday, the PDP and its flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar staged one such jumbo rally in Makurdi, Benue State with President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC expected to host his own in Lagos today (Saturday).
As for the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, the politics of the season have torn them apart and it is unlikely whether the centre would yet hold in those formations going forward.
As at the time of going to press, feelers were that one more electoral merger may yet be in the offing. The parties in question here are the Young Progressive Party, YPP whose flagbearer is ex-CBN Deputy Governor, Kingsley Moghalu, and the Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN, which has the motivational speaker and consultant, Fela Durotoye as flagbearer.
Moghalu’s aspiration had received a boost of sorts earlier on in the outgoing week when the Professor Wole Soyinka-led Citizens Forum endorsed his aspiration.
Kingsley Moghalu, YPP presidential candidate