Tuesday, November 3, 2020

2023: Amaechi, Elrufai Campaign Posters Flood Abuja Streets

Campaign posters of the Minister of Transportation Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for President have flooded Abuja streets.
The posters also had the face of Mallam Nasir Elrufai, the Governor of Kaduna State as the running mate and Vice Presidential candidate.
One of the posters was titled “the People’s choice” while another had the message “Today may not be the best, but tomorrow will be better”. All the posters show they are being sponsored by the National Consolidation Movement but they did not have the logo of any political parties.
Speaking on the emergence of the posters, Doyin Anifowose who is a political scientist said the messages on the posters wowed Nigerians.
Dr. Anifowose also opined that this type of move is typical of high end campaign strategy where a campaign research group could test the acceptability of the candidate especially in the mood the nation is in currently.
The country is in a low mood now with the events following the EndSARS protests and the massive nationwide looting of palliative warehouses. The prices of goods and in particular food items have skyrocketed in the markets hence a campaign organization can truly check the acceptability of their principal.
“This is the best mood to know what the people truly feel about any aspirant and that the logo of their political party not being on it is to be present it as judge me not by my Party” Dr. Anifowose added.
He continued “Not using the political party logo in a campaign test such as this could also help a campaign research group know if the aspirant is popular enough to even leave the party and contest the election on another political party platform as I believe their field officers would be on the streets sampling opinions of the people and on issues concerning the aspirant.”
At the APC National Secretariat, many of the staff refused to speak to record but a few of those who spoke off camera believe the pasting of posters at this time for whatever political purpose was clearly an act of desperation, a violation of the nation’s electoral laws and capable of distracting President Muhammadu Buhari from tackling the challenges facing the country.
The posters at this time is capable of igniting more political tension at a time the government is struggling to calm tension and solve pressing needs.
As at the time of filling this Report, Both Amaechi and Elrufa have not reacted to the campaign posters.

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