Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media, shared the conversation he had with Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai ahead of Nigeria’s presidential election.
In an article titled’ PMB at 77:’ Please tell Baba that we’re with him all the way,’ he made the announcement in commemoration of the president’s birthday on December 17.
Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was defeated by Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“What was my worry? The trend on social media, as to how the elections would go. I had a broader view of the reality, but I needed some reassurance. And I knew El-Rufai was analytical, and constantly had statistics at his fingertips. He’s not a first-class quantity surveyor for nothing.
“The governor turned up. I unfolded my worries, and asked for his opinion. He merely opened his laptop computer, and shared the result of a scientific research with me.
“What did the research say? With large sample size from across the country, and painstaking state by state analysis, it stated that President Buhari was going to beat his closest opponent by millions of votes.
“And wait for this: the social media would account for just between nine and 11 percent of the votes. And wait again: that percentage would not go to one party alone. It would be shared between the two leading political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). It turned quite prophetic.”