Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has again emerged as the leading candidate in the 2023 presidential election, in a fresh poll conducted by a public policy advisory firm, Nextier.
The poll which sampled opinions of registered voters in rural areas showed that Obi defeated three other presidential candidates, including Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Nextier conducted the poll in two states in each of the six geo-political zones in the country, excluding the home states of the presidential candidates and their running mates. The poll also targeted one PDP and one APC-controlled state per zone.
The poll, a face-to-face interaction with respondents, held in Nasarawa and Benue (North Central), Gombe and Bauchi (North East), Kebbi and Sokoto (North West), Cross River and Edo (South-South), Imo and Abia (South East), as well as Ogun and Oyo (South West).
The firm sampled the preferred candidates of 2,000 eligible voters with an error margin of 2.2 percent.
Obi led with 40.37 percent of respondents who intend to vote choosing him, while Atiku came second with 26.7 percent. Tinubu came third with 20.47 percent.
Respondents who chose Atiku and Tinubu are persons with “no educational attainments or people who chose not to disclose their educational status.”
The firm said 76.2 percent of the respondents stated that “Nigeria is moving in the wrong direction”, noting worsening insecurity, bad governance, unemployment, and a weak economy as clear indicators.
The result further showed that “Peter Obi has the highest net favourability of the presidential candidates amongst survey respondents at +30 percent. Atiku Abubakar is at +17.3 percent and Bola Tinubu at 4.98 percent. Kwankwaso is at -8.70 percent.
“Eight out of ten respondents are definite that nothing will make them change their minds and vote for another candidate”, adding that Atiku emerged the preferred candidate among Muslims.
It said respondents identified radio, social media and family/friends as the main channels through which they get information on the different presidential candidates.
A previous poll commissioned by ANAP Foundation and conducted by NOI Polls Limited had also placed Obi as the winner of the 2023 presidential race with 21% of votes, while Tinubu and Atiku tied in second place with 13 percent of votes.
Bloomberg News, an international news agency headquartered in New York City, U.S., revealed that a poll conducted on its behalf by Premise Data Corp showed that 72% of 3,973 Nigerians, who participated picked Obi as their first choice among the leading presidential candidates.
In the poll, Tinubu garnered 16%, while Atiku got 9% of the decided voters.