Buhari vs Atiku: Eurasia group predicts winner of presidential election, gives reasons
One of the world’s largest political risk consultancy firms, the Eurasia Group, has predicted the outcome of the 2019 presidential election.
Eurasia Group, which predicted that Muhammadu Buhari will defeat former president, Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, has again predicted victory for the incumbent President in the next Saturday’s election.
It further explained that the Director General of Atiku’s Campaign, Senator Bukola Saraki was distracted by the battles he is facing in the National Assembly coupled with the weak campaign being run by South-East governors, who are not too happy with the emergence of Atiku’s running mate, Peter Obi, as key reasons Atiku may lose to Buhari.
The Group which was founded in 1998 by American political scientist, Ian Bremmer, said Buhari has a 60 per cent probability to win.
This was contained in its recent Political Forecast displayed on its official website ahead of the Saturday’s showdown.
It said, “Opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar has regained some momentum in recent weeks, but President Muhammadu Buhari remains favored to win (a 60% probability),” the group said.
“On election day, the ruling All Progressives Congress’s (APC’s) significantly greater control of local political structures and resources, it governs 23 states compared to the opposition’s 12, will boost voter mobilization and solidify Buhari’s advantage.
“Wike was annoyed by Atiku’s failure to consult him on key decisions, Saraki remains distracted by a tough Senate reelection battle in Kwara state, and the southeast governors are hampered by many conflicting motivations, including their own lack of political clout (which makes them reluctant to overtly challenge the federal government) and their wariness of Atiku’s running mate Peter Obi, a former governor of the southeastern Anambra state who they view as a political outsider.
“The lack of enthusiasm on the part of some PDP governors is a problem for Atiku because these officials control significant discretionary funds at the state level (known as ‘security votes’) that are easier to access without triggering graft concerns.”
2019 election: FG announces shut down of unity schools
Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has announced that unity schools across the country will embark on a mid-term break between February 15 and 19.
Adama, speaking at a ministerial news briefing in Abuja on Friday, explained that this was to ensure that parents have time to vote at the presidential polls, scheduled to hold on February 16.
“Our students in unity schools are not of voting age but we adjusted the mid-term break to make it fall within the elections period.
“The date for the mid-term break will be from Friday, February 15 to Tuesday, February 19. This is for only unity schools in the country. We are not shutting down other schools.
“The essence of this break is to enable parents have maximum time to go and cast their votes and have the freedom to bring their children and wards back to school.
“Even if the child is not of voting age, the parent is of voting age. The break is only for presidential elections. There is no break for governorship elections,” Adamu said.
I’m not owing any Assembly member, PDP is lying – Ajimobi
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has clarified that his administration does not owe any member of the State House of Assembly a dime in salaries and allowances, just as he labelled the opposition Peoples Democratic Party as a den of liars.
Ajimobi made this clarification during the All Progressives Congress campaign rally at Igboho, Oorelope Local Government Area of the state, on Friday, in response to claims by some opposition lawmakers from the area that they were being owed allowances.
Ajimobi, who is the APC candidate for Oyo South Senatorial District, had led the campaign train of the party to Oke Ogun zone of the state from Wednesday to Friday, touring all the 10 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the process.
At each stop, he had canvassed support for President Muhammadu Buhari; the state governorship candidate of the party, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, and other candidates of the party for the forthcoming general election.
Since 2011, Ajimobi said he had ensured prompt payment of salaries and allowances to all cadres of workers, as well as appointed and elected political officials of the state, safe for the recession period when he said the whole country had financial difficulties.
The governor appealed to the people of the area to vote for the APC candidates in the coming election and dump politicians and lawmakers who waited for the campaign period to give excuses for their poor performance in office.
Ajimobi had earlier addressed traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the community, where he promised that the APC would not disappoint them if elected into power at all levels.
At the meeting was a former Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, who is a notable leader of the community and member of the APC.
Ajimobi said, “While appreciating your support overtime for our government, I want to quickly debunk misinformation going round from the camp of the PDP that our administration has not paid the incumbent honourable representing Oorelope constituency his entitlements and dues.
Champions League: Okocha tips PSG to win trophy
Former Super Eagles captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, has said his former club Paris Saint-Germain, will win the Champions League soon.
Despite heavy investment in recent years from the club’s Qatari ownership, PSG have not made it past the Champions League quarter-finals, since they were knocked out at the semi-final stage in the 1994/1995 edition.
Okocha, however, remains confident that the Ligue 1 has what it takes to win the prestigious title.
“I have no doubt that [at] some point they will win the Champions League, [it] is [a] matter of when.
“You know because not just as a former player of PSG, I’m [a] big fan of the club too, and I also put pressure on the team to try and win the Champions League because that is the only thing I believe that the club is missing for now.
“I think they brought some players to help the younger [players] believe that is possible. And for me maybe that is the little thing that is missing: belief that they can do it.
“And once they win the first one, I think that won’t be that difficult again,” Okocha told Goal.
2019: PDP stands down Abuja rally over APC’s alleged incursions
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Friday night finally stood down its Presidential mega rally earlier scheduled to hold today, Saturday, February 9.
It explained that this development was due to the refusal by the federal government and the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to grant its party access to the venue of the rally.
The party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan made this known through a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan said this situation even arose in spite of the fact that the PDP had made payments to the authorities and obtained official approval to host the mega rally at the Old Parade Ground, Garki, Abuja.
Part of the statement reads, “The PDP invites Nigerians to document this provocative action against our party and our presidential campaign by the Buhari Presidency and the APC.
“It is also instructive to state that we had earlier scheduled our Lagos Mega Rally for the Tafawa Balewa Square on Saturday until the Buhari Presidency and the APC came up with same date forcing our campaign to opt for Abuja.
“We hope they will allow the Lagos Rally to hold on Tuesday.
“The PDP holds that these provocative actions, instead of deterring Nigerians from their determination to vote out President Buhari on February 16, has only succeeded in spurring more compatriots to support the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar to victory.
“The PDP appreciates the commitment of Nigerians, particularly, those who
have already converged on Abuja for this mega rally.
“While we regret the inconveniences caused by the insensitive action of
the Buhari Presidency and APC, we wish to inform that a rescheduled date
for the rally will be communicated soon”.