Ahead of the the 2023 general elections, a newly conducted survey in 12 states across the federation has revealed that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, was leading in the north-west and north-east.
Naija News reported that the survey was conducted by Nextier, a policy organisation.
The survey revealed that the southwest has been marked as a battleground for the major presidential candidates contending at the 2023 polls.
According to the survey, Atiku was the prefered candidate in the northwest and northeast with 59.8% and 50.3% respectively, followed by the All Progressive Congress’s Bola Tinubu, scoring 25.4% and 27.2% respectively in those areas.
The Nextier survey also showed that the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi led in the north-central with 59.8 %, the south-south with 67.3 % and in the southeast with 94%.
From the survey, the southwest has been marked the most contended region where Tinubu was leading with 37.4 % and Obi in the second position with 24%.
The southwest was reported to have about 19.8% of surveyed voters still undecided about their preferred presidential candidate.
Nextier stated that the independent survey was carried out among registered voters in rural communities across 12 states of the federation with a focus on PDP and APC-controlled states in each geopolitical region.
The survey team conducted a face-to-face poll of registered voters polls in two states in each of the six geopolitical zones in the country.
The survey results were released over the weekend, According to Nextier a sample size of 2,000 respondents was used in the survey in Nasarawa (APC), Benue (PDP), Gombe (APC), Bauchi (PDP), Kebbi (APC), Sokoto (PDP), Cross River (APC), Edo (PDP), Imo (APC), Abia (PDP), Ogun (APC), and Oyo (PDP).
The organisation also revealed that the survey excluded the home states of the leading presidential and vice-presidential candidates of the major parties, adding that all survey respondents were registered to vote in the 2023 elections.