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How Atiku’s PDP Lost Votes To Felix’s PCP

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Nigeria News takes a look at the Peoples Coalition Party (PCP), its logo and how it snipped votes from PDP.

Only a few Nigerians know that there is a party called Peoples Coalition Party. The PCP is one of the 73 political parties on the ballot paper of Nigeria’s presidential election. The loud noise of the Peoples Democratic Party and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has silenced the voices of other parties.

There are other political parties such as the Alliance for New Nigeria, Young Progressive Party and the African Action Congress who are a bit loud because of the popularity of their presidential candidates.

A brilliant academic, Professor Kingsley Moghalu is the presidential candidate of ANN, Fela Durotoye is a motivational speaker and the presidential candidate of YPP while the Publisher of online medium, Sahara Reporter, Mr. Omyele Sowore is the presidential candidate of African Action Congress.

However, there is one Dr Nicolas Felix who is the Presidential candidate for the Peoples Coalition Party. He is not popular. His party is not known by many Nigerians, but he stole the show at the last Saturday election in which he polled over 100, 000 votes to emerge third behind the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

According to the results of the presidential election as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Felix’s PCP polled 110,196 votes to emerge the second runner-up behind the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar who polled over 11 million votes.

Our correspondent who spoke to some electorate gathered that many ignorantly voted for PCP instead of PDP. A voter, who simply identified herself as Mrs. Obi said she voted for PCP instead of PDP due to the similarity in logo.

No one saw this coming as he polled more votes than Kingsley Moghalu of Alliance for New Nigeria (21,886), Fela Durotoye of Young Progressive Party (16,779) and Omoyele Sowore of African Action Congress (33,953) who have combined votes of 72,618.

Researching into Felix’s profile, it was observed that the PCP logo was almost similar to that of the People’s Democratic Party and coincidentally placed before Atiku’s PDP on the ballot paper.

Many may argue that it was a strategy to confuse voters to gain votes but Dr. Felix still enjoys the fame of coming third nevertheless.

PCP logo is designed to look almost similar to PDP but with no umbrella instead a hammer on the white in between the green and red flag.

Felix brought creativity into Nigeria’s election and used it to gather votes. He is from Auchi in Edo State and a doctoral degree holder in Divinity. The PCP candidate spent little in terms of money to induce voters but capitalized on the cumbersomeness of the ballot paper and lack of voter’s education among the electorate to record over 100, 000 votes.

It was gathered that many voters who would have voted for PDP thumb printed the PCP instead. Felix did not steal votes but snipped what should have gone to PDP, using creative arts.

This is an eye opener.

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