An online public opinion poll conducted by Catholic Action Nigeria has placed former Governor of Anambra, Peter Obi and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo top of the likely aspirants to win the Presidential election in 2023, if nominated by their political parties.
Mr Peter Agbontaen, Founder, Catholic Action Nigeria, said on Thursday in Abuja that the public opinion poll was conducted between May 7 and May 25.
According to him, the poll was conducted via www.catholicactionpolls.com and has recorded people’s preferred candidates, their demands and pressing issues in their constituencies.
Agbontaen said over 52,000 people from across Nigeria participated in the polls and their key demands were the restructuring of the country and better governance.
He said that a total of 12 presidential aspirants featured in the poll.
They include Bola Tinubu, Kingsley Moghalu, Nyisom Wike, Atiku Abubakar, Omowole Sowore and Rotimi Amaechi.
Others are Kayode Fayemi, Rochas Okorocha, Bukola Saraki and Yahaya Bello.
He said that out of the over 52,000 respondents, 73.16 percent endorsed Obi; Osinbajo, 11.41 percent; Sowore 3.55 percent and Moghalu 2.25 per cent.
Former Vice President Abubakar secured the endorsement of 1.16 per cent of the respondents, followed by Wike, 1.09; Ameachi, 0.89; while Tinubu, 0.61, and Fayemi, 0.27 per cent.
Okorocha had 0.20 per cent, followed by Saraki 0.14 and Bello, 0.07 per cent.
“The just concluded presidential aspirants’ poll is to enable Nigerians to vote online and express who their preferred presidential aspirant is,” he added.
According to him, the the poll is intended to guide party delegates in the choice they make during the party primaries.
“We call on all political parties’ delegates to reject the influence of money in the choice of their party’s candidates and vote for credibility,” Agbontaen said.
The founder said that Catholic Action Nigeria would associate itself with the top winners, as they would be those who had the ability to find real solutions to Nigeria’s numerous challenges.
“We will create a moral reformation among Nigerians that will be an essential component for mass political mobilisation in this country,” Agbontaen said.
He said the group would unveil a clear document before the 2023 elections, titled: ‘How We Want To Be Governed.’
Catholic Action – Nigeria is a movement of Catholic lay faithful that promote Catholic social justice principles, leadership and good governance as well as contributing to the developmental and economic growth of the nation.