In the next few hours, Nigerians will be trooping out to vote their preferred candidates in the 2019 presidential election. It is a critical decision that will determine the course of Nigeria’s development for the next four years.
For the records, here are eight important facts about the widely talked about 2019 presidential election.
1. The 2019 presidential election is the sixth presidential election in Nigeria since 1999 when Nigeria returned to democratic governance
2. Unlike the 2015 presidential election where the major contenders, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari striking differences (Jonathan, a Christian from south; Buhari, a Muslim from north), the two leading presidential candidates in 2019, President Buhari and former vice president Atiku Abubakar share striking similarities (Buhari, a Muslim Fulani from north; Atiku, a Muslim Fulani from north).
3. According to a poll by Aljazeera, corruption is the most important key concern that will decide this election, followed by economy, and insecurity.
4. Unlike in 2015 when total number of registered voters was 67,422,005, the number of registered voters has risen to 84,004,084 (Eighty Four Million, Four Thousand, and Eighty Four) in 2019.
5. Out of the 84,004,084 registered voters, 11, 228,582 of them will not be able to vote due to failure to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs)
6. Not less than 72,775,502 voters are expected to vote at 119,973 polling units across six geo-political zones.
7. Though President Buhari and former VP Atiku are the two leading candidates, a total of 72 presidential candidates and another 72 Vice-Presidential candidates are expected to run for the February 16 presidential elections
8. The northwest has the highest number of registered voters with 20,158,100 registered voters while the South-West zone, which comprises Ekiti, Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, and Oyo states, comes second with 16,292,212 registered voters.
9. The southeast has the lowest number of states with 10,057,130 registered voters. The northeast 11,289, 293 registered voters, while the south-south has 12,841,279 registered voters; followed by the northcentral, with 13,366,070 registered voters.
10. Lagos has 6,048,156 registered voters, while Kano comes second with 5,149,070 voters.
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