Dr George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs and a former Governor of Benue, has been tipped as the most suitable national chairmanship aspirant to lead the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Prof. Bell Ihua, Executive Director, Africa Polling Institute (API) said this in a statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja.
The statement said this was revealed from a new public opinion poll released by the institute.
He said the poll was part of the institute’s Jan. 2022 monthly NigeriaSpeaks poll, undertaken in the week of Jan. 24th.
He said the poll was to elicit citizens perception and attitudes on topical issues and trends covering economic, political, governance and public life issues.
“The poll sought the opinion of Nigerians on who they consider most suitable to lead the APC and position the party for the future.
“From the responses, Akume came 1st with 13 per cent, followed by Sen. Danjuma Goje, Abdulazziz Yari, Tanko Al-Makura and Ali Modu Sherrif with 10 per cent each, Isa Yududa 8 per cent and Saliu Mustapha 4 per cent.
“Further analysis revealed that Akume was considered most suitable for the job of party chairman given his good leadership qualities and character as well as his past performance and track records,”Ihua said.
He said the data showed clearly that majority of the respondents, about 78 percent, were displeased with the state of affairs in the country due to challenges of heightened insecurity, inability to meet basic needs and
employment among others.
He said the poll was part of the monthly NigeriaSpeaks series of national public opinion polls conducted by the API.
He added that the NigeriaSpeaks poll project was a series of monthly nationwide public opinion polls aimed at bridging the gap in primary data.
Ihua further added that it aimed at capturing public opinion and giving citizens opportunity to lend their voices to public policy discourse, practice and advocacy.
“The opinion poll was administered between January 24th to 28th 2022.
“It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. 1,026 randomly selected phone owning Nigerians aged 18 years plus, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country were interviewed.
“With a sample of this size, we can say with 95 per cent confidence that the results obtained are statistically precise – within a range of plus or minus 5 per cent,” he said.
He added that members of the public were welcome to suggest questions to the monthly poll.
According to him, the API is an independent, non profit and non partisan opinion research think-tank which conducts opinion polls, surveys, social research and evaluation studies.
Ihua said its objective was to support better public policy, practice and advocacy in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The APC national convention had been slated for Feb. 26 to elect new national executives to manage the party’s affairs which is presently being managed by the Gov. Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC)