An opinion poll on the acceptability of the candidates for next year’s presidential elections was released on Thursday morning by ANAP foundation.
In the poll, Peter Obi of the labour party won both Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the ruling APC and Atiku Abubakar of the opposition PDP.
In the nationwide poll conducted this month, Peter Obi shared 21% while both Tinubu and Atiku are tied in second place with 13% each. Kwankwanso of the NNPP is at a distant fourth with only 3%.
ANAP foundation has traditionally organized political opinion polls ahead of each of the presidential elections since 2011 and are conducted by frontline polling company, NOI polls. Thursday’s earthshaking poll results were released by ANAP’s founder, Atedo Peterside.
He said this recent nationwide opinion poll was concluded in early September 2022 with each of the respondent asked the same question, “suppose the presidential election is being conducted today, who are you likely to vote for.”
According to a statement personally signed by Peterside, “the poll revealed a substantially close race between Mr. Peter Obi of Labour Party (LP), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“Running significantly behind the leading pack is Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) who is the lone outsider. All other contestants polled results that are statistically insignificant.
“The results showed a significant lead for Mr. Peter Obi with 21% of voters proposing to vote for him if the presidential election were to be conducted today; and 13% each proposing to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who are both tied in second place. Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso was a distant fourth with 3% of voters proposing to vote for him.
“Mr. Peter Obi’s 8 percentage point lead at this early stage is significant, but not sufficient to separate him completely from a leading pack of candidates scoring 21%, 13% and 13% respectively.
“Undecided voters and those who prefer not to reveal their preferred candidate add up to a whopping 32% and 15% respectively. The gender split of undecided voters shows that 39% of women are undecided versus 27% of male voters.”