Interpellation of Presidential Candidates with Critical Questions on Nigeria’s Digital Space

Interpellation of Presidential Candidates with Critical Questions on Nigeria’s Digital Space

While our analyst previously reported  how Chatham, a United Kingdom-based think tank, interpellated Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr Peter Obi to present their plans for Nigeria, in this piece, our analyst examines the hailing of the candidates and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on different digital platforms since the 2023 presidential election campaign began through different questions in 15 core areas.

Our analyst gathered data from global digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and online national newspapers, where Nigerians discussed the issues, challenges, and needs that the candidates must address before the election. According to the corpus-based digital quantitative analysis, Nigerians, particularly potential voters, want to know policies that will enhance socioeconomic and political development. According to our data, many Nigerians expect the candidates to discuss their previous governance records, stance on corruption, human rights, and foreign policy.

Our analysis shows that Nigerians want to know how the candidates will ensure good governance, safeguard the environment, enhance education, combat crime, and maintain security. Nigerians place a high priority on how poverty and gender inequality would be addressed. They also want to know how public funds would be managed, appropriate plans for creating large numbers of jobs, and comprehensive plans for addressing problems that are limiting economic growth.

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Exhibit 1: Who has been queried the most?

Source: Nigeria’s Digital Space, 2023; Infoprations Analysis, 2023

Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu received an 8 out of a possible 10 in the areas of environment, human rights, and gender inequality, while Mr Peter Obi received an 8 in the areas of policies, governance records, corruption, performance during debates, job creation, poverty, good governance, public funds management, human rights, and gender inequality. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has also been heavily questioned in these areas. With a score of 6 out of a possible 10, our analyst observes that Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu does not appear to be the focus of Nigerians on the various platforms from which our data was sourced in the area of policies. This also applies to economy and foreign policy areas (see exhibit 2).

Exhibit 2: Core areas of interest of the citizens across various digital platforms

Source: Nigeria’s Digital Space, 2023; Infoprations Analysis, 2023

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