Its only a few weeks left before the presidential elections in Nigeria, and tens of millions of citizens are ready to make their fateful choice. Since Muhammadu Buhari took office as president, a lot has changed in Nigeria’s politics.
Presidential Election Primaries
Since the beginning of the election campaign, sixty-three of the 91 officially registered political parties in Nigeria have submitted applications to the Independent National Electoral Commission about their decision to hold primaries in the presidential election in 2019.
After this decision was made, according to the Election Law adopted in 2010, all the parties participating in the primaries decided to send their observers to the electoral process.
Presidential Election Results
The official date of the elections in Nigeria is February 16, 2019. If we talk about the interim result of the elections themselves, it is worth noting that the two most numerous parties in Nigeria, All Progressives Congress and their primary political opponent, People’s Democratic Party, have completed the process of selecting their main candidates.
In turn, APC opted for the current president of Muhammadu Buhari. For its part, the PDP has chosen former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as its candidate.
Traditionally, the political arena of Nigeria has always been divided between the most significant political players APC and PDP. In turn, there is one noteworthy fact regarding political views in Nigeria. Namely, the fact that Nigerian politics focuses more on the personality of the candidate himself more than on solving specific problems.
Despite the apparent rivalry among the two leading political parties in Nigeria, other political parties and their candidates are also be able to show a lot of surprises, showing sufficiently high ranking indicators.
Presidential Election Candidates
Speaking about presidential election in Nigeria in 2019, it is indeed worth talking about the leading candidates who are fighting for the presidential post. To date, the list of officially registered candidates is as follows:
- Muhammadu Buhari
- Atiku Abubakar
- Chike Ukaegbu
- Donald Duke
- Fela Durotoye
- Oby Ezekwesil
- Tope Fasua
- Rabiu Kwankwaso
- Sule Lamido
- Ahmed Makarfi
- Kingsley Moghalu
- Remi Sonaiya
- Omoyele Sowore
- Kabiru Tanimu Turaki
Presidential Election Laws
Speaking about the legislative features of the elections in Nigeria, it is worth noting the following points:
President is elected for a term of four years by universal suffrage. The basis of the elections in Nigeria is the so-called Open Ballot System. In other words, each voter, after going through the mandatory registration process, receives a ballot paper for voting, in which he must put his fingerprint in front of the candidate, and then puts the ballot in a special ballot box.
At this stage, it is too early to talk about presidential election results in Nigeria and a likely winner for the presidency.
Though traditionally in Nigerian politics, the incumbent president has apparent advantages in new elections, sometimes there are surprises. An example of such a victory over the current president was the elections in 2015, and the candidate Muhammadu Buhari then occupied the post.