12 Key Battleground States Elections Can Be Won By Either President Buhari OR Alhaji Abubakar Atiku

12 Key Battleground States Elections Can Be Won By Either President Buhari OR Alhaji Abubakar Atiku

With the presidential and National Assembly elections rescheduled to hold less than 12 hours time, here is a look at the some ‘battleground states’ where the two leading presidential candidates, President Muhammadu Buhari of  the All Progressive Congress (APC), and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Demo ratic Party (PDP), are expected to keenly contest for votes.

According to an analysis by Premium Times, 14 states stand as potential battleground wherein previous voting pattern may be disrupted.

The highlighted states are Adamawa, Rivers, Katsina, Benue, Borno, Kano, Kwara, Imo, Lagos, Akwa Ibom, Ondo, Oyo, Jigawa and Kaduna.

Gov Jibrilla Window VS Abubakar Atiku

1. Adamawa is considered a battleground because the state, despite being Atiku’s home state, is controlled by the APC. Thus, Atiku’s popularity in the state will be up against the massive influence of the APC government of Governor Jibrilla Window, reportedly adjudged as one of the best in the state’s history. Tipping Atiku as having an edge being a son of the soil, the margin of victory, analysts forecast, will be very slim.

President Buhari VS Abubakar Atiku

2. Katsina The northwest state of Kastina is President Buhari’s home state. However, analysts believe that Atiku will get impressive votes in the state due to some factors. According to Premium Times, Nuhu Daiwa, a resident of Katsina said although Atiku is from Adamawa state, his second home is Katsina “because of his long affinity with the prominent Yar’adua family in Katsina.” Also, Katsina had been governed by the PDP since 1999 and only lost to the APC in 2015. Thus, the opposition party still has a strong membership in the state.

Gov Udom Emmanuel VS Sen Akpabio

3. Akwa Ibom Though Akwa Ibom is controlled by the PDP, analysts believe President Buhari will have an impressive showing in the state, compared with his 2015 poor outing in the state. Though Atiku is tipped to win the state, it is believed President Buhari will get impressive votes because of the massive influence of the political groups loyal to Godswill Akpabio, a former governor of the state; Nsima Ekere, the APC governorship candidate in the state; Umana Umana, the managing director, Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA); and John Udoedehe, a former minister.

Gov Samuel Ortom Vs George Akume’

4. Benue state is also one of the battlegrounds for the presidential election where the two leading candidates have 50-50 chances. However, factors such as the defection of the state governor, Samuel Ortom, and other top government officials to PDP and the horrible experience of herdsmen violence are expected to give Atiku an edge over Buhari. Governor Ortom’s low rating, particularly due to non-payment of over five months salary, George Akume’s influence are some of the factors expected to work in favour of President Buhari.

President Buhari VS Abubakar Atiku(analysts View)

5. Borno is a known stronghold for President Buhari but analysts see Atiku’s chances of getting some good votes there as well due to the issue of poor management of the country’s economy. President Buhari’s winning margin can also reduce due to the stiff contest for the National Assembly seats in Borno state.

Peter Obi VS President Buhari Plus APC Internal Crisis

7. Imo state, the only state in the southeast controlled by the APC, could have delivered their votes massively for President Buhari but the internal crisis tearing the APC apart in the state and the choice of Peter Obi from southeast give Atiku a good hope.

Tinubu VS Abubakar Atiku

8. Lagos Though Lagos is a stronghold of the APC and is expected to deliver for President Buhari, analysts forecast Atiku may also get some impressive showing due to the grievances of some members of the party after the incumbent governor could not get his second term bid.

Rotimi Amaechi VS Gov Nysome Wike

9. Rivers Atiku is expected to record a resounding victory in Rivers because the state is controlled by the PDP and also produced the party’s national chairman. However, President Buhari is also touted to ride on the influence of Rotimi Amaechi, a former governor of the state who is the DG of Buhari’s campaign. The flag-off of the Ogoni cleanup, an important long-awaited programme to restore the environment degraded following years of oil spillage in Ogoniland, may also give Buhari some chances.

Sen Rabiu Kwankwanso Vs Gov Ganduje

10. Kano Kano is a major political base for President Buhari and he has a better chance of retaining the victory on Saturday, February 23. However, analysts forecast he may not win with wide margin as in previous elections. Atiku is expected to ride on the massive influence of former Kano governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso.

Sen Bukola Saraki Vs Alhaji Lai Mohammed

11. Kwara has always been following the directives of the Saraki political dynasty up until “O to ge!” sprouted. “O to ge!”, a Yoruba phrase translated literally as “Enough is Enough!”, is a protest movement against the Saraki political dynasty. This makes the state open for both President Buhari and Atiku. While Buhari will enjoy the support of the O to ge! movement, Atiku will be counting on the influence of Senate president Bukola Saraki who is the DG of his campaign.

President Buhari VS Abubakar Atiku(analysts View)

13. Jigawa Analysts forecast President Buhari will win the state due to some factors. Some of the factors are the incumbency advantage, gale of defection, the achievements of the present administration in the state and the candidate’s personality profile in the eyes of the masses. However, Atiku is also expected to ride on the support of a former governor of the state, Sule Lamido, and some aggrieved APC members.

President Buhari VS Abubakar Atiku(analysts View)

14. Kaduna Though considered a battleground state, anaylsyts forecast President Buhari will carry the day in Kaduna Majority of the people in the northern part of the state including Zaria, Kawo, Konfanin Zango and others are expected to vote for him while the southerners will certainly give Atiku a bulk of their votes. Overall, President Buhari is expected to win in Kaduna, though with a lower margin than in 2015.

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