People’s Trust Olawepo-Hashim is Most Popular Presidential Candidate on Internet 

…maintains lead over Buhari, Atiku in online engagement after election postponement

A few days after the postponement of 2019 Presidential election in Nigeria, the presidential candidate of the People’s Trust (PT), Mr. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim has maintained the lead as most popular presidential candidate online.

The weekly social media rating of presidential candidates’engagements

on the popular online platform, Facebook, on Tuesday showed that Mr. Olawepo-Hashim is still

leading as the most popular Presidential candidate online, 3 days to the new date of the postponed election.

The latest data by an Abuja based research outfit, Grand Plan , showed that Mr. Hashim was ahead of the incumbent President and All Progressive Congress, APC’s Presidential candidate, Muhammadu

Buhari and major opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

Mr.Hashim who first overtook President Buhari and former Vice

President, Atiku Abubakar on 10th December 2018 , has remained on top

with the highest engagements on social media consecutively ever since.

Going by the data on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 in Abuja,

Olawepo-Hashim recorded Facebook engagements in excess of 62,000 this

week, while Atiku Abubakar who came behind him, recorded 44,000+.

Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu

Buhari is behind with 40,000+ engagements.

The statistics also showed that the Presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Kingsley Moghalu, the candidate of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) ,Fela Durotoye and others were trailing behind.

Data analysts involved in the polling project ,said that the data on

each of the candidates’ were realistic because “Facebook represents

the broad spectrum of voters who will vote in the February poll.”

According to them, “increasing engagements imply voters’ growing

interest in the candidates while a decreasing result reflects voters’ disenchantment.

A static return means a candidate is at a crossroads in the campaign.”

The analysts said in their report that Olawepo-Hashim’s growing engagement rating is a measure of voters’ interest in him as a third force alternative.

“He is no longer part of the pack of third-party candidates. He has

moved ahead to emerge as a real alternative to both Buhari and Atiku.

This is a game changer from data perspective,” according to Segun

Seriki, the lead analyst for the project.

“The latest data point to a major upset within the struggle for Nigeria’s presidency, we are making the report available to all the

major candidates.”

“Our latest data reflect a major upset in the battle for the Presidency. It is no longer a two- horse race. There is now a third

force that is overtaking the old alternatives. We are still following

the data but for now, Olawepo-Hashim has pulled the impossible to

maintain an eight weeks lead over President Buhari and Atiku

Abubakar,”he said.

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