On the Eve of 2019 Elections!
THISDAY: A SPECIAL REPORT
2018 depicts the beginning of a crucial election year’s eve. That is under normal circumstances. Under Nigeria’s peculiar circumstances, however, this month represents the start of the real election year, as preparations for the 2019 general election are expected to bring the whole country to a fever pitch.
Though the electoral commission has slated general elections for February 16 and March 2, 2019, election processes will begin this year with formal declaration of ambitions by aspirants and campaign for party tickets. Later in the year, parties will hold their respective primaries to elect their flag bearers. Also in the third quarter of the year, two states – Ekiti and Osun – will hold their governorship elections.
Traditionally, election eves are marked with increased spending, as politicians try to win favour with voters. This would mean different things for various sectors of the economy. For many aspects of the extractive (primary) sector, such as oil and gas, a boom is expected in the attempt to garner more funds in the oil-dependent economy, though there is a great risk of upsets. Manufacturing may not experience significant expansion. But the service sector would likely boom with activities.