The D-Day is here. President Muhammadu Buhari, flying the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party, will battle it out in the presidential poll on Saturday.
Who do you fancy to win what may turn out to be the most fiercely contented presidential election in Nigeria’s history? Below are the profiles of the top two candidates. Kindly vote and leave a comment at the bottom!
Who will win 2019 presidential election?
- Any other
- Too close to call
|Education||Military training in Kaduna as well as in UK, India and US|
|Public career||Retired as a major general; former minister of petroleum; former military head of state; former military governor of north-eastern state; former executive chairman of PTF|
|Political career||President since 2015|
|Electoral failures||2003, 2007, 2011 presidential elections|
|Selling point||Anti-graft war|
|Support base||Core north and south-west|
|Social media||Twitter: 1.85m followers @Mbuhari; Facebook: 763,064 likes, 772,221 followers|
|Quotable quote||“This generation of Nigeria and indeed future generations have no other country than Nigeria. We shall remain here and salvage it together.”|
|Fun fact||If re-elected, Buhari could become Nigeria’s second longest-reigning head of state/president with a combined period of nine years and six months. Obasanjo did 11 years and seven months.|
|Education||Diploma in hygiene, diploma in law|
|Public career||Retired as deputy director of Customs & Excise|
|Political career||Vice-President (1999-2007)|
|Electoral failures||2007 presidential election|
|Electoral successes||1999 Adamawa governorship election, vice-president 1999, 2003|
|Support base||South-east, south-south, north-central and parts of south-west|
|Social media||Twitter: 1.8m followers @Atiku; Facebook: 736,506 likes, 742,977 followers|
|Quotable quote||“Our country’s educational institutions are clearly not providing quality learning. Our teachers need to be taught”|
|Fun fact||Atiku sought the governorship of Adamawa state in 1991 but after securing the SDP ticket, he was disqualified by the military government.|