By Ngozi Onyeakusi — A group of online opinion pollsters-Truly Independent Diaspora Electoral Officers (TIDEO), has sensationally revealed that eight presidential aspirants will come tops in the February 2019 poll.
In its release dated November 1, the TIDEO came short of declaring who will actually win in the election.
Of the 61 political parties and their respective candidates it thrust out in its opinion poll, only eight contenders could win and become the next president, according to the group.
They include President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Omoyele Sowore of Africa Action Congress (AAC), Fela Durotoye of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and Kingsley Moghalu of the Young Progressive Party (YPP).
Others in the first eight of likely winners include Rev. David Esosa Ize-Iyamu of Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP), former Cross River State Governor Donald Duke of Social Democratic Party (SDP) and former Education Minister, Obiageli Ezekwesili, of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).
The TIDEO, however, scored 21 other parties next in that order. These include Moses Shipi of All Blending Party (ABP), Samuel Eke of Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Mark Emmanuel of United Patriots (UP), Hamisu Santuraki of Mega Party of Nigeria (MPN), Moses Ajibiowu of National Unity Party (NUP), Onwekoafo Ikechukwu of Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD) and Aliyu Ibrahim of African People Alliance (APP).
Others also include Ilongwo John of Democratic People’s Party (DPP), Yinusa Tango of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Ike Keke of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP), Pastor Chris Okotie of Fresh Democratic Party (FDP), Yusuf Obaje of Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), Samuel Fagbbenr-Byron OF KOWA Party(KP), Rabia Hassan OF National Action Council (NAC) and Nnamdi Madu of Independent Democrats (ID).
The remaining 53 others includes; Tope Fasua of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Obinna Ikeagwuonu of African People’s Party (APP), Isaac Ositelu of Accord Party (AP), Frank Ukonga of Democratic Alternative (DA), Shitu Kabir of Advance Peoples Democratic Party (APDP) and Usman Muhammed of Labour Party.
On the list of the final laggards as released by the TIDEO, are former Chief Security Officer to the late dictator, General Sani Abacha-Hamza Al-Mustapha of Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN), Obadiah Mailafia of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Mercy Adesanya-Davies of Mass Action Joint Alliance (MAJA), and 29 others.