Nigeria: Buhari Tipped to Win Tight Nigeria Poll Contest

President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lagos — Incumbent Muhammadu Buhari is projected to win the Nigerian presidential elections set for Saturday, according to a research and consulting firm.

Snow White Consulting, based in the United Kingdom, forecast Buhari to secure 58,2 percent of the vote, ahead of 41,3 percent for close rival Atiku Abubakar.

Adeola Jegede, the firm's Director of Communication and Strategy, disclosed the projections.

He said their research survey identified among other factors, historical voting pattern, performance of incumbent president, existence of political structure spread and personality of each candidate.

It also included availability of sufficient campaign funding, followership's loyalty, internal party stability and coordination as well as power of incumbency as part of variables that determine how Nigeria electorates may cast their ballots.

Jegede reiterated that the stakes in the Nigeria electioneering process were high both locally and internationally, as evidenced by calls for free, fair, transparent and credible electioneering.

"Our projection for the Nigeria presidential election was based on ±5 percent margin of error," he confirmed.

"There are quite numbers of undecided voters, but we observed that they are unlikely to change their minds to vote for any candidate during the presidential election."

The polls are set to be a tight contest between the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP).

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