If the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC sticks to its gun this time around, and follow through with the election as already rescheduled, Nigerians will be voting to choose a new president in less than 24 hours from now.
Political analysts have argued for and against the two main contenders in tomorrow’s presidential election, but the big question is, who is it going to be?
Beyond weighing the chances of the other candidates vying for the position, one can arrive at a conclusion that this battle is between the old order which is People’s Democratic Party, PDP and the status quo which is All Progressive Congress, APC.
The old order is all about how things used to be when PDP was in power versus the status quo which is how things are now that APC is ruling. Many voters are going to cast their votes based on that premise.
Although both camps argue that the opponent party is responsible for the hardship the country is going through at the moment and vow that things will be different if they’re elected, the truth remains that it can only get better or worse with the two options Nigerians have before them.
President Buhari has been at the helm of affairs for the past four years, and the nation hasn’t made much progress ever since. There’s no denying that the country has seen some wins under his administration, but his perceived failings is the only reason why Nigerians are even considering the option of bringing PDP back.
On the other hand, Atiku Abubakar is a gamble, and you can’t really predict the direction that he’s going to steer the nation to. There are those who believe that his business acumen will be beneficial in reviving the economy, but there are others who see him as being deeply mired in corruption.
From the look of things, this will be a battle of redemption for both men. Atiku is asking for a chance to prove himself while President Buhari is seeking for a second chance to finish what he started.
When Nigerians print their fingers on the ballot paper beside the umbrella or the broom or any other party on display tomorrow, they’ll be choosing either the old order or the status quo, or a new face for a change.