2019 Elections: Buhari vs Atiku: Predict the winner!
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!
Birthday December 17
State Katsina, north-west
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
Electoral successes 2015
Campaign thrust 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.
Birthday November 25
State Adamawa, north-east
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
Campaign thrust Jobs
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.
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