Former Vice President Atiku in online polls conducted on Twitter with about 30,000 votes dusted incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari and other aspirants which include rivals from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who are Governors Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and Aminu Tambuwal of Gombe and Sokoto states.
In the various polls conducted so far ahead of the 2019 presidential election, PDP front-runner, Atiku Abubakar emerged winner of all ahead of incumbent President Buhari and other aspirants.
One of the polls, conducted by Senator Ben Bruce, a member of the main opposition party, PDP, and major supporter of Atiku shows the growing popularity of the Waziri Adamawa who polled 44% of responses to ‘if the 2019 Nigerian Presidential election were to hold today and the candidates are as below, who would you vote for?
President Buhari clinched the second position with 31% votes, 17% for Dankwambo while Tambuwal, a former speaker of the Federal House of Representatives came third with as low as 8%.
This result is consistent with a number of recent polls, including those done by well-known supporters of President Buhari, who had following the third anniversary of the administration on May 29 initiated polls ostensibly to test the popularity of the incumbent President.
On June 6, 2018, the former Vice President in two polls conducted simultaneously by blogger, Japhet Omojuwa defeated Buhari. In the first poll, Atiku polled 35% of the votes compared to Buhari’s 32%. In the second poll, Atiku secured 39% of the votes while Buhari earned 34% of the votes.
Reports stated a week earlier, Atiku had also trounced other aspirants in another poll conducted by a pro-APC consultant, Mark Essien. Atiku polled 43% compared to Buhari’s 35%.
In yet another poll conducted by @YNaija, Nigeria’s most successful youth blog run by Red Media, who played a key role in Buhari’s media during the 2015 elections, Atiku handed Buhari a crushing defeat of 70% versus 19%. These results have been in synchronicity with recent poll numbers by Nigeria’s premier polling agency, NOI/Gallup Polls.
Atiku’s victories and soaring popularity ahead of the 2019 presidential election has been consistent in the past months with emphatic victories in similar polls, particularly those conducted by staunch supporters of President Buhari.