A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Fabiyi Oladimeji has disputed a survey that puts Peter Obi ahead in the race for president next year, claiming that such an exercise has little bearing on the results of elections.
Fabiyi stated this on Thursday during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. This comes hours after a poll commissioned by the Anap Foundation gave the Labour Party presidential candidate the leverage in next year’s exercise. Four months ago, a similar one by the Foundation gave Obi a lead.
“We are not making any assumptions. This is what we are saying: polls are not real determinants of elections. It is how many people you are able to convince and reach out to at the grassroots, not polls.”
Even though these surveys have no bearing on election results, the Director, Support Group & Events Technical Committee, Atiku For President 2023, thinks they serve a purpose.
“It will only tell you where to work and focus more. There are credible polls and there are polls that are not credible,” he added.
“We know those credible ones when we see them and when we see them, they spur us more to go to work and do the needful. So, we appreciate them when they come. That’s what polls help you to do, they do not tell you the outcome of the elections.”
Additionally, Oladimeji expressed doubts about the poll’s sample size and said that it was too small.
The Anap Foundation President Atedo Peterside noted In the poll that obi is ahead by 23 percent, Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), 13% Atiku Abubakar of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) 10% and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)’s Rabiu Kwankwaso pulled 2%.