The Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has dismissed as laughable, the projections in the presidential poll by Anap Foundation which concluded that the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi has won the 2023 Presidential election.
The spokesperson of the NNPP Campaign Council, Ladipo Johnson, who reacted on behalf of the candidate, said that results of the poll are self seeking, self serving, misleading, inaccurate and laced with partisanship. The poll projected Kwankwaso as coming fourth in the 2023 general elections.
Johnson described the projection as bogus and misleading, adding that he watched the interview on Arise Television programme earlier in the morning when the Chairman of ANAP Foundation, Atedo Peterside could not adequately respond to, or substantiate “the sampling method used in arriving at the obviously unverifiable or concocted data”.
“His defence was rather unclear and begging the question whether the poll was authentic by telling Nigerians or whoever is not comfortable with the outcome to go do their own poll!
“I would take it with a pinch of salt. This is a known template. In this season we should expect many more dubious sounding opinions, polls etc.
“Unfortunately there are many who for parochial reasons are drawing back the development of our democracy, due to various propaganda tricks.”
According to him, the data purportedly relied upon did not go far enough in an empirical manner to show the ethnic and religious backgrounds of those polled.
He added that there was no indication as to whether those polled were artisans, educated or non educated, professional or non professional Nigerians among others.
“The poll is to say the least bogus and an attempt to create the impression that the LP candidate has the potential to succeed when in actual fact, the reality on ground is totally different.
“This is similar to a misleading poll they conducted before the Ekiti election,” he said.
According to him, in any event, the poll will succeed in giving their supporters temporary euphoria.
“On our part, we are building momentum at the grassroots level round the country and look forward to Sept. 28 when we will openly bring our positive message for a new and prosperous Nigeria where every citizen will have the opportunity for a better life, to the people of the country.
“The NNPP insists that the complete process of the poll should be published if not, the poll cannot be taken seriously.”