…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
“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