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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Buhari Could Lose 2019 Election, Says U.S. Intelligence Firm

President Muhammadu Buhari could lose power in February’s election if the opposition manages to unite, according to New York-based analysis firm Teneo Intelligence, reports Bloomberg.

A close governorship election over the weekend in Osun State currently held by Buhari’s All Progressives Congress, bodes badly for the ruling party and signals its waning popularity, Teneo said in a note to clients.

While the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said there would be a re-run at seven polling stations on September 27, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is leading by a thin margin, based on results so far.

“There is already a clear message sent from Osun State: provided the PDP remains united, and the vote is reasonably free and fair, Buhari and his APC are likely to lose the general elections,” said Malte Liewerscheidt, an analyst at Teneo.

The South West was key to Buhari’s victory in 2015, which marked the first democratic transition of power from one party to another in the country.

Buhari’s opponents accuse him of not doing enough to revive an economy still struggling after the 2014 crash in crude prices and to stop the spread of herdsmen crisis.

The PDP is to choose a presidential candidate during its national convention on Oct. 5 and 6. Several prominent politicians, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Senate President Bukola Saraki are campaigning for the role.

The APC’s primaries were rescheduled to Sept. 28, from Sept. 27, the party said Monday in an emailed statement. Buhari is currently its only presidential candidate.

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