Entire APC, Aso Rock in huge shock as The Economist predicted President Buhari’s defeat by Atiku

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Last updated on February 10th, 2019 at 12:43 pm

The entire ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and Aso Rock are said to have gone back to the drawing board as The Economist Intelligence Unit Africa said on Friday that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar will win the February 16 election.

It said Atiku is going by a slim margin in the crucial election which is a few days away, “Atiku and his political party will win the historic election,” it said

The same Economist in December 2018 predicted that Buhari would win, a prediction the Atiku condemned as a  poor hatchet job.

Special Assistant on Public Communication to Atku , Mr. Phrank Shaibu described it as “as a poorly-executed hatchet job, the prediction by The Economist of London, in which the magazine put on the garb of a partisan and made no pretenses to professionalism while predicting that President Muhammadu Buhari will win next year’s poll.” That was in 2018.

In the latest prediction, The economist, The EIU Africa team said “#NigeriaDecides2019 : Less than 2 weeks before #Nigeria‘s presidential election. Abubakar has floated idea of corruption amnesty. It is arguably an impolitic time for such a delicate proposal.”

“Abubakar is hard-pressed to convince voters that he is a clean politician, having been on the receiving end of numerous graft allegations in the past.

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“We retain our forecast for #Abubakar to win, but expected margin of victory is narrowing as the poll approaches.”

Recall that in 2015, the magazine also predicted victory for Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress over the then-incumbent,  Goodluck Jonathan.

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It added then that Buhari was “the least awful choice,” which would be chosen “with a heavy heart”.

“Voters have ample cause to send Mr Jonathan packing. In a country where power has often changed through the barrel of a gun, the opposition All Progressives Congress has a real chance of winning through the ballot box,” The Economist said in 2015.

Recalled that presidential ambition of Buhari began In 2003, when he ran for office in the presidential election as the candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP). He was defeated by the People’s Democratic Party nominee, President Olusẹgun Ọbasanjọ, by a margin of more than 11 million votes.

During the 2007 presidential elections, Buhari ran against Umaru Yar’Adua of PDP who hailed from the same home state of Katsina. In the election, Buhari officially took 18% of the vote against 70% for Yar’Adua, but Buhari rejected these results.

Again, the never relenting Buhari ran again in 2011 presidential elections Under the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a party that he had helped to found. He lost to Jonathan, the incumbent at the time.

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His ambition to rule Nigeria as a civilian came to fruition in 2015 when he ran against incumbent agains President Jonathan and defeated him.

With the latest prediction, Buhari and his team may have to sit up if they really want to retain power.

Call it a prediction of doom to the ruling APC you won’t be wrong.

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