An image made from the video in which Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigeria's Boko Haram claims his group is responsible for the abduction of the schoolgirls. (AP)
Lagos - Latest military successes against the notorious Boko Haram terrorists could sway the votes of millions of Nigerians in favour of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.
The troops have in recent weeks reclaimed all towns the militant Islamic sect had taken over in the last six years during a violent campaign to carve an Islamic caliphate in Africa’s most populous country.
The government’s handling of the terror has been under the spotlight with critics saying it could impact on the ruling party’s performance in the elections.
However, sentiment has changed after the military reclaimed the areas under the helm of terrorists with the last of these, Gwoza, liberated on Friday as earlier forecasted by Jonathan.
“Jonathan's latest move to confront Boko Haram might work on his party. Yes, they started the military campaign a bit late, but the results are so impressive," Nwora Chukwukike said as he waited to cast his ballot at Ikeja.
A social commentator concurred.
“We hear lots of people have changed their tone in support of the governing party, but it could be a case of late positives than doing the right things at the right time. Wherever we visited in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and the northern of the country, millions were expressing support of the military campaigns that liberated many from Boko Haram's bondage," he said as he requested anonymity.
He said the offensive against the Boko Haram also caught the All Progressive Congress (APC) unawares.
“The move has boosted PDP's election campaign,” he added.
However, a close contest is still projected between PDP’s Jonathan and the All Progressives Congress’ Muhammadu Buhari.
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