With less than three months to go until Nigeria's election, the two main contenders have now unveiled their manifestos. And it pits the anti-corruption policies of President Muhammadu Buhari against the promises of economic growth by the main challenger Atiku Abubakar. President Muhammadu Buhari is doubling down on his anti corruption campaign.
That's what won him the election in 2015. And he says that since being in the office, he's protected government coffers from a privileged few in the past had profited at the expense of most Nigerians. Critics say that his longstanding anti-corruption agenda has failed to yield any major convictions.
They also say that he's failed to handle the economy properly which resulted in country falling into recession in 2016. Atiku Abubakar is a former vice president whose known simply to most Nigerians as Atiku. Now, he is promising economic growth. Specifically, he's saying that he will double the size of the economy to $900 billion by 2025.
And he says he'll do this by boosting investment into the oil sector and also encouraging more public private partnerships. Critics of Atiku say that he's failed to flesh out precisely how he's going to deliver the kind of economic growth that he's promised.>>
]>> Others also say that he's tainted by long-standing corruption allegations that date back to his time as vice president between 1999 and 2007.
People expect it to be a tight contest. Atiku is a heavyweight contender and he's the one person who has the heft and political pedigree to possibly Muhammadu. But they expect it to be very tight. In addition to that, more than anything people want it to be peaceful. Back in 2011, there were pockets of violence across the country, and people don't want to see that kind of violence and bloodletting marring this upcoming poll in 2019.