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In a recent straw poll conducted by the Center for Advanced Social Studies in concert with elements of ECOWAS Early warning Department in the predominantly Northern dominated Bureau De Change area of Wuse Zone 4 Abuja cutting across  514 persons sampled, It was discovered that a great many Nigerians are already making up their minds on who should govern them in 2019.
According to a  source in the Group,  the original purpose of the straw poll was to sample the electoral opinions of the predominantly Muslim North of Nigeria and to use the index to form a  congruence of electoral map for the 2019 general elections. But the results collated turned out much more than anticipated.
Using the expanded modular identity technology, the first set of people sampled picked from a group of prospective candidates which provided the basis of accentuation of likely candidates to contest the 2019 Presidential Elections. Although the geographical space considered  over the persons sampled  cannot be said to represent the sum total views of people in a set out of miniscule Nigeria, the original purpose of the straw poll  provided more nagging questions of competence for the President Muhammadu Buhari led Central Government.
The collated results showed more apathetic disavowal of the present recession and hike in the price of goods and services and the rising exchange rates.
PMB scored 82 votes, Atiku scored 60 votes, GEJ scored 46 votes El Rufai scored 64 votes, Tambuwal scored 97 votes, Kwakwanso scored 120 votes, Fashola scored 11 votes, Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo scored 34 votes.
Upon the collation of results, the group through its head of delegation, Professor Nsofor Iwuchukwu  returned to the  front lounge of the Ladi Kwali Hall of the Sheraton Hotels and Towers to facts check the analysis of results and the throw up from the exercise.
The return presented a frightening scenario given that apart from 18 persons  who may have come from the middle Belt, South West and South Eastern zones of Nigeria, over 80percent of the other people sampled came from either the North East, North Central and North West of Nigeria.
Another  member of the team Dr Uthman Dipcherima described the outcome of the exercise as a realistic microcosm of the macro political domain of Nigeria . According to Him, the era where one political Party dominates over the others using term advantage will soon die out in Nigeria.  
He said what may matter subsequently is a system he refers to as the dictatorship of prospective voters who would openly poll for Clinton because of fear of favour or intimidation but will go to the polling booth to vote Donald Trump. This to a large extent will determine who gets what come 2019.

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