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“Things To know About Nigeria Election & Why Election Not War” – Mr. Zailani Usman

How politics is done in Nigeria
Politics in Nigeria

Election is the formal process of selecting a person for public office or of accepting or rejecting a political proposition by voting.

It is important to distinguish between the form and the substance of elections. In some cases, electoral forms are present but the substance of an election is missing, as when voters do not have a free and genuine choice between at least two alternatives. Most countries hold elections in at least the formal sense, but in many of them the elections are not competitive (e.g., all but one party may be forbidden to contest) or the electoral situation is in other respects highly compromised.

Nigeria returned to democratic rule in 1999, after thirty-three years of primarily military rule. For four years, between 1979 and 1983, democracy surfaced briefly, until Buhari led a military coup to end it. He proceeded to run one of the most brutal regimes that Nigeria has ever seen. His Decrees 2 and 4 were aimed directly at press freedom and the right to free assembly, and a lot of people were imprisoned and killed under those laws.

Since 1999, the People’s Democratic Party has governed the country. Buhari has competed against PDP opponents in three previous elections, and lost each time. His first two losses, in 2003 and 2007, were marred with controversy because of irregularities, vote rigging, ballot box snatching and voter intimidation. Following the fiasco of the 2007 elections, reforms forced greater transparency. And the 2015 vote has to many Nigerians been a welcome indicator that we do know how to organize elections. Buhari says his role in that development—as the three-time losing candidate who continued to marshal votes rather than guns—is proof of his commitment to democracy.

The 2015 general elections which was originally scheduled to hold 14 February but was later postponed to 28 March{Presidential, Senatorial and House of Representatives} and 11 April 2015 {Governorship and state house of Assembly} where General Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress emerged as the winner of the Presidential elections and was sworn in on 29 May 2015. It was the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent President lost an election. Goodluck Ebele Johnathan of the People Democratic Party lost his seat to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress.

There will be general elections in Nigeria on 16 February 2019. Included is the presidential election.

Current president Muhammadu Buhari is seeking re-election, with many other candidates. Kingsley Moghalu of YPP says he will be the 8th president.

The two leading candidates who are fighting for the presidential post are Muhammadu Buhari (APC) and Atiku Abubakar (PDP).

“I encourage you good patriotic citizens of Nigeria to say NO TO ELECTORAL VIOLENCE AND EMBRACE PEACE IN 2019 GENERAL ELECTION, this is because, together we stand, divided we fall”.

Long Live ZEE Entertainment industry
Long Live Taraba State
Long Live Nigeria

Zailani Usman 
CEO ZEE Entertainment

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