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2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by Islie: 4:38pm On Sep 11, 2018
HSBC: Buhari’s second term poses risk to economic devt


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The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research unit of The Economist Magazine, has predicted that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the upcoming 2019 presidential election.

EIU stated this in its latest country forecast overview on Nigeria that was obtained yesterday by THISDAY.

The EIU, which gave an array of reasons for its prediction, said even though it would be a close call, the opposition PDP would win the election.

It predicted slowdown in economic activities in Nigeria as politics takes centre stage.

The Economist’s report came to light a day after the New Telegraph published another research report by a multinational banking and financial services company, HSBC, which said a second term for President Muhammadu Buhari would gravely stunt the economic development of the country.


Buhari is already preparing for a re-election in February 2019.

A group, Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors Network (NCAN) had last week purchased N45.5million nomination forms for the president who remained unchallenged as at yesterday. Collection of nomination forms closes today.

The opposition PDP is also in the process of selecting its flag bearer.

With 13 aspirants picking up the N12million presidential nomination forms, the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party yesterday set up a 12-man committee to liaise with the contestants and work out the possibility of producing a consensus candidate from among them.

The London-based magazine, which also anticipated a depreciation of the naira, said further in its assessment that Buhari was fast shedding support from within the APC with governors and lawmakers defecting to the opposition en masse.

“Intra-party politics would be chaotic ahead of the poll and we ultimately expect the incumbent to lose power,” it said.

According to the magazine, “The 2019 elections will be a close contest between the ruling APC and the PDP. We expect the PDP presidential candidate to win, but for the next administration to flounder against the same problems as the incumbent one.

“The next government is likely to be led by the PDP, the main opposition, potentially in a coalition with smaller parties, but instability will remain an insoluble challenge.

“Internally, not all ambitious politicians from the APC who have defected will be rewarded with places in the next government; or if they are, it will mean that pre-existing grandees within the PDP will have been sidelined.

“Whoever ends up feeling cheated will eventually turn on the new administration, as is happening to the APC now. There is also a unifying PDP presidential candidate, with around 16 aspirants competing for the nomination.

“A weak APC before the election and a troubled government thereafter implies that Nigeria’s manifold security threats will continue to fester.

“Parliamentary rifts will remain the main problem, and this applies no matter who is in charge, given competing priorities between representatives from different regions and the absence of a common ideology within parties.”

Continuing, it noted that policy reforms, particularly in the vital oil industry would be slow as a result of division in the political elite between advocates of tough, unpopular market reforms and those who refer pandering to nationalistic and pro-subsidy interest groups. The latter group was likely to remain in the ascendancy, it added.

According to the EIU, politicisation of economic policy would also slow reforms and at times actively decelerate economic growth.

“The Central Bank of Nigeria will not act completely independently, and the overall policy agenda will be pulled in differing directions by various powerful interest groups,” the report stated.

“Fiscal expenditure will remain dominant by recurrent spending despite attempts to boost capital investments. Efforts to boost non-oil tax revenue will be constraint by weak bureaucratic capacity and low economic growth. Constrained by a crippling infrastructure deficit, economic growth will be well beneath level needed to boost job creation and increasing living standard.

“Inflation will generally remain high over the forecast period (2018-2022) amid expansionary fiscal policy and high food prices stemming from government efforts to limit import and support local producers.

“The authorities will continue to interfere in the foreign exchange market although the degree of interference should eventually lessen with higher oil prices supporting reserves and broad economic confidence slowly improving. The naira will nonetheless depreciate over 2019-21 and be broadly stable in 2022,” the report explained.

Furthermore, the EIU held the view that Nigeria’s current account would record marginal gain over the forecasts period, saying pick-up in oil prices would be offset by recovering import demand.

The difficult business environment will restrict the development of non-oil exports, it added.

The report further pointed out that without a collective resolve, it would prove impossible to bring permanent peace to the large parts of Nigeria hit variously by an Islamist insurgency in the north, ethno-nationalism and piracy in the main oil-producing region and secessionism in the Biafra region, as well as inter-religious tensions and disputes over land access across the centre of the country.

“It will prove hard to build a more effective security apparatus while also creating economic opportunities for local populations; poverty lies at the root of much of the instability.

“Our central forecast is, however, that the 2019 elections will be completed without a widespread breakdown in stability with Nigeria’s democracy proving once again to be robust enough to endure.

“However, we expect major unrest to continue in 2020-2022 as comprehensive solutions prove too complex and costly to implement in the medium term.”

It noted that given the severe risks to stability, speculation over the threat of a military coup or a civil war was likely to surface periodically.

It stated, “That these issues are part of the popular discourse highlights the seriousness of the challenges facing Nigeria, but we consider a widespread breakdown of security to be unlikely; the military is more professional and has been depoliticised since the junta stepped aside in 1999.

“Meanwhile, there is little appetite outside more extremists’ agitators for a return to civil war, given memories of how disastrous the 1967-1970 conflict was for the country.

“Nevertheless, as the country’s leadership struggles to shift Nigeria onto a more sustainable and robust pat of economic development, the risks to stability will intensify as more and more Nigerians question what they have to lose from pushing for violent change.”


HSBC: Buhari’s Second Term Poses Risk to Economic Devt

In its own report, put together by its Global Research Unit, entitled, ‘Nigeria, Papering over the Cracks,’ HSBC said Nigeria’s current economic struggles look set to continue if Buhari wins a second term in office.

According to the financial institution, although the president’s “approval ratings sit near all time lows,” a development, it said, “largely reflects the impact of Nigeria’s painful recession in 2016-17 and the sustained economic hardship that has accompanied his presidency, including rapidly rising joblessness, and poverty,” the president will once again lead the APC into the 2019 elections.

It, however, stated, “A second term for Mr. Buhari raises the risk of limited economic progress and further fiscal deterioration, prolonging the stagnation of his first term, particularly if there is no move towards completing reform of the exchange rate system or fiscal adjustments that diversify government revenues away from oil.”

The multinational banking group, which is Europe’s largest by total assets, noted that while higher oil prices have brightened Nigeria’s macro outlook, boosting export earnings, improving the supply of foreign exchange, and supporting naira stability, the Buhari administration was yet to address the economy’s structural shortcomings.

It said, “Economic growth remains sluggish and reliant on the rebound in oil output while the non-oil economy, which accounts for about 90 per cent of GDP, continues to languish with many service sectors still mired in contraction.

“Joblessness continues to rise, up almost three-fold in three years to 19 per cent in Q3 2017, pushing the number in poverty to 87 million. “Meanwhile, current account improvements may have pivoted on higher oil prices, but they also derive from on-going import restrictions and limited FX access for many sectors of the economy.”

PDP BoT Sets Up Committee to Pick Consensus Presidential Candidate
Perhaps looking to make The Economist forecast real, the BoT of the PDP yesterday revealed that it had set up a 12-member committee to discuss with the party’s 13 presidential aspirants, with the view to picking one of them as consensus candidate.

Those in the race for the presidential ticket of the PDP are, former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Sokoto State Governor, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal; Gombe State Governor, Dr. Ibrahim Dankwambo; President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki; former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido; former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi; and former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, Alhaji Tanimu Turaki (SAN).

Others are: former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark; former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; former Plateau State Governor, Senator Jonah Jang; Mr. Stanley Osifo and Dr. Baba Datti Ahmed.

The BoT had last week met in Abuja where they said they were working to ensure that they reduce the increasing number of presidential aspirants, but noted that they would not force any aspirant to step down.

However, the Chairman of the BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin, in a text message to THISDAY said that the committee would impress it on the aspirants, the dangers inherent in having such a large number of them in the race.

He stressed that the committee would not compel any of the aspirants to withdraw from the race, but rather they would be persuaded to put the interest of the party above their personal interests and ambitions.

Jibrin, who admitted that the present number of aspirants was complex, noted that there were fears that there could be disagreement among the contestants that could lead to major divisions after the primaries.


Governors’ Forum to Meet with Presidential Aspirants

Also yesterday, the PDP Governors’ Forum resolved to have an all-inclusive meeting with all the presidential aspirants, the National Chairman of the party, two national officers, as well as the leaders of the party in both chambers of the National Assembly.

The forum, in a communiqué issued yesterday and signed by its Chairman and the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, at the end of an emergency meeting it held between September 9 and 10, 2018 in Abuja, also condemned what it called the suspicious payment of N16 billion to Osun State purportedly from the Paris Club Refund, saying it believed that the money was meant to ‘fund corrupt inducement of voters’ in the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State scheduled for September 22, 2018.

It decried alleged use of security agencies to perpetrate electoral fraud as it happened in Ekiti, Osun and Rivers State and urged the security agencies to be non-partisan in the performance of their duties in accordance with the provisions of the constitution.



https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/09/11/2019-elections-a-close-contest-but-pdp-will-win-says-the-economist/amp/

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by HungerBAD: 4:38pm On Sep 11, 2018
Complete rubbish.

Complete senseless post.

This is how foreign Governments/ entities use their financial think tank bodies to influence the election of countries they term "Banana Republics" in Private.

Was HSBC not there when the European markets when into the global recession some years back?they should keep their stupid economic predictions to themselves.

We in Nigeria are doing okay.

Same Economist that predicted an Hillary win?laughing.

Did this article say the PDP will win?the brain is a beautiful thing to waste. And that advice is to the THISDAY Newspapers Editorial room.

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by baliyubla: 4:39pm On Sep 11, 2018
Its obvious bubu will lose the forth coming elections, thats why the PDP ticket is a battle royal. We can as well swear in the PDP candidate after the Primaries. Watch as some people tag the Economist of over 175 years (1843) reputation for getting it right an Ipob or wailers magazine. Last last their eyes go clear.

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by porka: 4:40pm On Sep 11, 2018
Will Buhari concede defeat?

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by Rilwayne001: 4:41pm On Sep 11, 2018
Is it the same opposition that's yet to know their flag bearer? This writer knows nothing absolutely about what he's writing.

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by chriskosherbal(m): 4:42pm On Sep 11, 2018
God will keep us alive to witness the much talked about 2019 general election ...






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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by niceprof: 4:45pm On Sep 11, 2018
This is increasingly becoming obvious by the day, except for those who have consciously decided to wallow in their self delusion of grandeur .

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by Cajal(m): 4:50pm On Sep 11, 2018
Sey because u no get free money again...
PDP to come and destroy the economy again

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by Nobody: 4:50pm On Sep 11, 2018
That disaster called buhari would be sent back to daura next year...
HungerBAD:
Complete rubbish.

Complete senseless post.

This is how foreign Governments/ entities use their financial think tank bodies to influence the election of countries they term "Banana Republics" in Private.

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by Kingspin(m): 4:50pm On Sep 11, 2018
If the election is fair PMB will lose. 2015 was 3million gap cum with the hardship and funerals.

Just let it be fair.

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by tuniski: 4:51pm On Sep 11, 2018
Rilwayne001:
Is it the same opposition that's yet to know their flag bearer? This writer knows nothing absolutely about what he's writing.
Naive!

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by bedspread: 4:51pm On Sep 11, 2018
HungerBAD:
Complete rubbish.

Complete senseless post.

This is how foreign Governments/ entities use their financial think tank bodies to influence the election of countries they term "Banana Republics" in Private.

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by bedspread: 4:53pm On Sep 11, 2018
obrigado080:
That disaster called buhari would be sent back to daura next year...
It will be Like a Dream of the Night on Them..
They will not Believe what Hit Them..

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by Millenniumlady(f): 4:53pm On Sep 11, 2018
I talk am

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by bedspread: 4:55pm On Sep 11, 2018
Cajal:
Sey because u no get free money again...
PDP to come and destroy the economy again
Except you decide to DECIEVE yourself, Then you won't see that The Nation is in a Complete Catastrophic Comatose .....

The Primary Responsibility of a Government is to Protect lives and property.

It seems the primary Responsibility of President Muhammad Buhari is to Protect Corruption. Nothing Else!

Days ago, Hundreds of People were Reported to be killed in a town called Gudubari in Northeast Nigeria. It was also Reported that the Terrorist have Taken Over the Town; yet Not a Single Word From The President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces , On twitter or Wherever.. But a Thread Was Done to Defend The Chief of Staff (COS) to the President Who was Accused of Corruption..
That is all that Matters to the Federal Government.

Fellow Nigerians, PMB has made his stance known that he is for Corruption and shielding Corruption!

It was Similar approach that Made Nigerians Vote out President GEJ.

Nigerians Enough is Enough!! Nigeria Must Work in Our Life Time.. It's our Collective Responsibility as Nigerians..

Pmb Must be Shown the way out of ASOROCK..

What we Desire is:
Good Governance
Accountability
Citizens Life Must Matter
Transperancy

GOD BLESS NIGERIA

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by NgeneUkwenu(f): 4:59pm On Sep 11, 2018
Thisday Newspaper doing the propaganda job for a dead party grin grin grin

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by Racoon(m): 5:01pm On Sep 11, 2018
Let Nigeria free itself from the bondage of APC/PDP.

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by Kylekent59: 5:07pm On Sep 11, 2018
I also know PDP will win.

It's very clear and sound. APC might have crowd but on that day of election,the crowd know already whom to vote for grin grin.

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by ebujany(m): 5:31pm On Sep 11, 2018
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Somebore praiseeeeeeee that lorrrrrrrrd





Oh lord, do this for Nigerians and receive all the glory

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by AtikuNetwork: 5:31pm On Sep 11, 2018
Only of Atiku emerges. If not, forget it. NorthEast has not tasted presidency. NC, SW, SE, NW have all had their turn except NE.

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by saaron(m): 5:32pm On Sep 11, 2018
Even a Rat will defeat the Lifeless One. Nigeria has hit rock bottom under APC directionless govt to the point that anybody is better than buhari.

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by Beno3: 5:32pm On Sep 11, 2018
Is it not too early for this?

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by MooreJozo(m): 5:32pm On Sep 11, 2018
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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by brixton: 5:33pm On Sep 11, 2018
A Saraki or an Atiku presidency will never be this low in terms of performance and lack of direction ...!

If only Buhari is a patriotic thinker, he would do a Mandela and root for Osibanjo or any other younger leader to ride us through this computer age of leadership... But Bubu is as corrupt as all Nigeria leaders, would rather die in power!!!

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by Ecstasy154(m): 5:33pm On Sep 11, 2018
Let's wait and see. Time will definitely tell
Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by Jerryojozy(m): 5:33pm On Sep 11, 2018
Where is NwaAikpe?



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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by abootoyyib(m): 5:34pm On Sep 11, 2018
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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by ionsman: 5:35pm On Sep 11, 2018
I'm a man of few words. This is ...


FUTURE IMPOSSIBLE TENSE.

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Re: 2019 Elections: PDP Will Win - The Economist by musicwriter(m): 5:36pm On Sep 11, 2018
porka:
Will Buhari concede defeat?

No.

Because he has never conceded defeat in the past. Each time he lost, he always refused to concede defeat.

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