Four days to the presidential elections, Nigerians are all guessing as to whom will emerge as the next president of the oil-rich country between President Goodluck Jonathan and Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
We have considered the biggest stakeholders and their contribution to the political discussions in recent times, evaluated their stakes in this game and present to you the five (potentially) biggest losers if Muhammadu Buhari leads despite the formidable opposition:
Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, formerly Melford Dokubo Goodhead Jr. and typically referred to simply as Asari, is a major political figure of the Ijaw ethnic group in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He severally issued threats against opposition politicians including Muhammad Buhari, promising a series of action against him and some opposition party leaders and voters from the Niger Delta region should the general elections not go the way of President Goodluck Jonathan in the region.
It is important to note that the personalities mentioned above might not necessarily flee as democratic institutions will likely protect them if the Buhari presidency (assuming he wins) decides to persecute them
Dame Patience Jonathan
The first lady of the federal republic of Nigeria will have to chew some of her own words if Buhari manages to move into the Aso Rock despite her open campaign against GMB as Buhari is fondly called. ‘Mama Peace’ left no stone unturned in her quest to see her husband retun for a second term as she has been moving from state to state mobilizing women to vote for her husband.
The Ekiti State governor through this campaign season remains the most strident and consistent critic of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. Even now, Fayose may well be considered the most controversial governor in the country today. Nigerians look forward to a change of attitude in case Buhari emerges the next president.
Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor
Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor is the founding and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, southern Nigeria, and is currently the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and Christian Association of Nigeria. He is one of the president’s staunch supporters.
He has accused Muhammadu Buhari of being the brain behind Boko Haram saying that he is fanning the embers of disunity.
Femi Fani Kayode
Fani-Kayode is the director of media and publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign organization. He was with the opposition’s All Progressive Congress (APC) until June 2014 when he returned to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party. He has been at the forefront of the political attacks on the daura-born retired general.
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