Guardian Life February 23, 2019

The Polls Of Our Lives

Nigeria will go to the polls on Saturday to elect the man, perhaps the woman, that will lead Africa’s most populous country for the next four years. Without any doubt, the race is clearly between All Progressives Congress’ President Muhammadu Buhari and former Nigeria’s vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party.

African Action Congress’s Omoyele Sowore, a man whose Sahara Reporters has ruffled the feathers of the political class, has appealed to the spirit of student union-like blend of politics and activism to some, especially to the youth who identified with his Take It Back movement.

Professor Kingsley Moghalu, an academic and former deputy governor of Nigeria’s central bank, spoke eloquently of his career in private and public offices. Moghalu has a glittering resume that puts him in better stead to lead Nigeria, but will voters’ disenchantment with the dastardly binary of APC/PDP trump his limited political clout and make him the choice of the people?

The Third Force, a late amalgam of peripheral political parties, could force the election into a rerun. But the possibility of that happening looks a bit unlikely.

That answer will be provided by voters with their thumbs next Saturday.

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