President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, “will struggle with accepting defeat”, according to an analysis of the Saturday Presidential poll.
The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, United Kingdom, UK, however, said “how they (Buhari and Atiku) express their disappointment, is the key issue.”
An Associate Fellow of the Africa Programme of the Institute, Dr. Lena Koni Hoffman, also said that the open popularity contests on the campaign trail through a succession of open-air rallies by Buhari and Atiku, “are fundamentally uninspiring”.
She said: “The upside of the 2019 elections, is that it has shown that Nigerians are tired of the two main parties that have dominated the last 20 years, since the country returned to democracy, and have an appetite for more capable Candidates, emerging through more credible and transparent processes.
“This means that 2019 may be significant, not because of who wins, but because it is the threshold for politics-as-usual, and the beginning of a transition to a different kind of politics and crop of Candidates, in 2023.”
Dr. Hoffman added that: “Lost in the intensity of this focus on the top ticket, is the down ballot vote for the 360 Members of the House of Representatives, and the 109 members of the Senate.”
She stated that members of the National Assembly, “are arguably the most crucial actors after the elections, because of their role in addressing Constitutional and Legislative issues…”