Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress and former army general Muhammadu Buhari. (File: AFP) ~ AMINU ABUBAKAR
Lagos – Former United States ambassador John Campbell has explained in detail, the key differences between the country’s 2011 and 2015 elections, saying the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) party has become more unified, much larger and much more robust.
Speaking in a video posted on YouTube by Sahara Television, Campbell said the APC was no longer the same opposition political party that it had been in 2011.
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Campbell also spoke about the intensity of Boko Haram militants, saying although the group was operational during the 2011 elections, it was "by no means as extensive or as disruptive as it is now".
He said going into the 2015 elections, three states were under a state of emergency because of Boko Haram.
"In 2011, there was no extensive population of internally displaced persons. Now the estimate is that there are at least one million who are internally displaced." This, he said was a major difficulty because under the Nigerian law, voters were supposed to vote in their "local government areas".
The country was supposed to hold general elections on 14 February but due to security concerns, the polls were moved to 28 March.