Ahead of the March 28 Presidential election a survey conducted by the Alliance for Credible Election (ACE-Nigeria) has placed the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari ahead of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, President Goodluck Jonathan.
Presenting the report titled “The 2015 General Elections Pre-Election Poll Report” on behalf of ACE, Mr. Abdulwahab Ekekhide, said Buhari got 44 percent, while Jonathan got 36 percent of the poll which was conducted through telephone interviews with 1000 randomly selected Nigerians between February 23 and 27, 2015.
“Respondent were asked which candidate they plan to vote for in the 2015 presidential elections, 44 percent said Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, 36 percent said President Goodluck Jonathan, 19 percent refused to give an answer to the question, while 1 percent was undecided.
“Across the geo-political zones, the highest proportion of respondents planning to vote for Gen. Buhari was in the North-west, (56 percent) and the lowest proportion in the South-east (31 percent). For President Jonathan, the highest proportion was in the South-east (57 percent) and the lowest in the North-west (25 percent),” Ekehide said.
Chairman of the occasion and chairman of the Partner for Electoral Reforms (PER), Ezenwa Nwagwu said all our engagements and activities with electoral process is to improve the country.
On the use of 1000 randomly selected Nigerians, when Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared that a total of over 52 million voters are with Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), Nwagwu said size does not have anything to do with the outcome.
“Outcome of this survey like other polls will among others motivate the political parties and other interested parties to do more, work harder to improve their chances,” Nwagwu said.
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