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Ahead Of 2019 Poll: Negotiation, Propaganda Continue

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Nigeria News takes a look at the campaigns of the major political parties, APC and PDP, their propaganda and negotiation.

All political campaign activities will stop on Thursday night, according to the timetable of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It means that much of the propaganda, negotiations, deceits and absolute lies by our politicians will stop officially.

Perhaps, INEC will beam its regulatory light on social media platforms too, so as to curb the hate speeches and fake news.

But before then, the major political parties and others are putting fittings into the structure of propaganda they have sold to the public in the last few months.

Some of these parties went to the extent of buying the endorsement from various interest groups, personalities and retired military brass.

Even if the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not pay a dime, somebody had sponsored the visit of 70 retired military governors to Aso Rock to solidarize with President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was a negotiation done by former military Governor of Lagos State, Gen. Buba Marwa. He is a key member of the Buhari campaign train and Chairman of a Presidential committee against hard drugs.

In these few months, many interest groups had visited Buhari not because they have an agenda to sell but to increase the number of endorsements.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has not fared better. The party is not only seeking the local endorsement, its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had to cross the Atlantic to garner more friends in the United States. He sought favour abroad, which of course has earned him some sympathies among the prominent foreign high commissions in Nigeria.

The negotiation continues. Accusations and counter-accusations on whether the elections will be rigged or allowed to go on free, fair and peaceful.

The foreign observers have been arriving the country in scores, including the ECOWAS election monitoring group.

The World’s eyes are on Nigeria. The country has to get it right politically to pave way for economic prosperity.

Records have shown that Ghana is doing far better in the area of foreign direct investment than Nigeria. This is due to the ruling APC’s bad economic policies and the body language of President Muhammadu Buhari, which to a larger extent has not helped the situation.

No investor will like to come to a country where the President does not trust his citizens and has said this repeatedly at some forums.

Nevertheless, Buhari has shown capacity in the area of infrastructure with the inauguration of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line on Thursday.

But the question most people are asking is whether the President has the intellectual capacity and stamina to lead this country for another four years, judging by his lack of grip on economy and security.

This, of course, is what the PDP is emphasizing that the only man that can rescue Nigeria now is Atiku due to his business acumen and better experience in economics.

In about six days, Nigerians will decide either to retain Buhari or change him.

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