Unic Press UK: The next General Elections in Nigeria will hold on “Saturday, 16 February 2019, 08:00:00 (Lagos time)”, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said.
It has yet to be confirmed whether the incumbent president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, who was sworn-in as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May 2015, will be seeking re-election as he has yet to make a categorical statement indicating his interest.
There are strong indications, however, that the Coalition for a New Nigeria (CNN), a new political force comprising a group of about twenty political parties with similar ideology, have concluded collaboration plans aimed to wrest power from the APC-led government by fielding/supporting a presidential candidate.
It is unclear the person to be presented to the Nigerian public by the Coalition for a New Nigeria, but the reports from several media organizations in Nigeria point towards Martin Onovo, who is an eminent consulting engineer.
The Independent Newspaper, which is published in Nigeria, wrote in August:
“There are strong indications that the newly inaugurated Coalition for a New Nigeria (CNN), an emerging group of 15 political parties, may be rooting for Chief Martin Onovo, the 2015 presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP), as its candidate for the 2019 election.”
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) zoned the presidency to the Northern region, while the vice-presidency is for the Southern regions. Surprisingly, the incumbent governor of Ekiti State Ayo Fayose, on 28th September, formally declared intention to contest the presidential primaries of the PDP. Fayose is of southern roots.