Jonathan Ahead Of Buhari – Opinion Poll; Rivers Ijaws endorse President, Wike

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Nine days to the March 28 election, an independent consulting firm, Kevin, Charlyn and Kimberly, has said that an opinion poll carried out by the firm shows that President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will likely lead his All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, with a margin of 13 per cent.

A consultant with the firm and director of Vince Network Limited, a United Kingdom-based organisation, Mr Vince Onyekwelu, disclosed this during a press conference in Abuja on Thursday.

He said, “The cumulative aggregate is that PDP GEJ (Jonathan) scores 63% while the APC GMB (Buhari) gets 37% for the development of the Nigerian economy and protection of basic human rights.”

Onyekwelu said the poll was based on monkey survey samples of 28,000 respondents, 2,000 respondents from Facebook and Twitter, while 300 respondents were from face-to-face contacts and telephone interviews.

Speaking on the methodology of the survey, Onyekwelu said it was based on the perception of the people and several other dynamics.

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On the credibility of the survey, he said the research is credible based on his capacity and knowledge, adding that the respondents were randomly selected to ensure that justice was done to the survey.

He also acknowledged that Nigerians who responded to the survey saw the war on terror as one of the major issues that would decide who they would vote for.

Meanwhile, the Ijaws in Rivers State, under the auspices of Rivers Ijaw Forum, have endorsed the second term bid of President Jonathan and the governorship ambition of Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike in this year’s elections.

The group, in a communiqué at the end of a one-day Rivers Ijaws Summit in Port Harcourt, signed by Ijaw chiefs, elders, opinion leaders, women and youths, resolved that all Rivers people of Ijaw extraction should vote for President Jonathan and Wike in the March 28 and April 11 elections.