Social Media And 2019 Elections

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The People's Democratic Party of Nigeria (PDP) is arguably the foremost opposition political party in Nigeria today even though they are currently mired in an intraparty warfare for the chairmanship of the party. A 35-year-old Nigerian on Thursday said he wants to become the country's youngest presidential candidate, taking advantage of a newly passed law reducing age limits for political office. According to him, PDP is poised to take over power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019 general elections.

The more people were killed or abducted, the more Jonathan was seen as incapable of being the President of Nigeria. From South to North and West to East, Nigerians are unanimous in their assessment of Buhari's economic policy ' a colossal failure they are wont to agree.

The duo also said the ability of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to cushion the effects of the gales of defections that has hit it in recent days will also play a determining factor for Mr Buhari's aspirations. This explains why, in the run up to presidential elections, Buhari will likely face off against a 'mega opposition party' that is a credible challenger to the All Progressives Congress.

Thus, to guide the 2019 election, the issues seeking attention are capacity, unity of the country, security and corruption. Political parties in Nigeria must select their candidates for the election between Aug. Along with these two big parties, Nigeria could, for the first time, also see a powerful third party emerge in 2019.

A group of politicians who were part of the All Progressives Congress (APC) told a news conference in Abuja late on Wednesday that they had formed a new faction, led by former Buhari ally Buba Galadima and called Reformed-All Progressives Congress (R-APC).

The main challenger to the APC is the People's Democratic Party, which remains scarred by a reputation for mismanagement and corruption that led to its defeat in 2015 elections. The presidency, the main faction in the party, remains as strong as ever—both in the party and in the Nigerian state.

Mr Obasanjo added that he was disappointed with Mr Buhari, particularly because of what he called his poor handling of Nigeria's economy, the largest in Africa. Moghalu also provided links to media reports estimating that India's 2014 general election directly cost the country's government US$600 million.

Nigeria's ruling party has split after a faction declared that it no longer supports the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, threatening his hopes of a securing a second term in an election due early next year. Dr. Junaid Mohammed, a former member of the House of Representatives in the Second Republic, said that, the apparent bid by Buhari and APC to win the next election by all means could have disastrous consequences.

Its growing ranks were further boosted when several figures from the People's Democratic Party (PDP), in power at the time, crossed the floor. The report said Nigeria's election agency spent US$625 million in the country's 2015 general elections. It is therefore a no-brainer that the election of 2019 is not a walkover for President Buhari, let alone anyone.

Senators Ifeanyi Ararume and Osita Izunaso of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, September 5, joined the train of defectors in the country by dumping the party for the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Atiku Abubakar, a former Nigerian vice-president, has been the most high profile figure to leave the party.