Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has defended the results of the poll it conducted ahead of 2015 general elections suggesting President Goodluck Jonathan would lose the Presidential election.
Recently, the opposition party recently weighed its chances against Jonathan, concluding any okf its prospective candidate would hold an upper hand over the incumbent.
Reacting to the outcome of the poll, Presidential Media Adviser, Reuben Abati, described it as “voodoo, dubious, suspicious and an exercise in quackery.”
However, APC Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, insisted that the results were credible and conducted by a reputable firm.
“If you would recall, we did say in that statement that we commissioned the largest ever public opinion survey in Nigerian history to determine the current status of things in the nation directly from those who knew best – the actual people of Nigeria.
"We said the results of the opinion survey were even more revealing than we had anticipated. Unfortunately, not everyone who read our statement understood it, hence the totally unnecessary and clearly misplaced criticism by the presidency, which tagged our effort 'Voodoo Polling' and said it does not know when the APC became an expert on opinion poll.
"We have no doubt that the methodology adopted to evolve our Road map and the results of our survey took the Presidency by surprise and rankled them so much, since they haven’t seen any unbiased survey results in quite some time,” Mohammed said.
“Before we review our survey results again, let's make the following clarification. First, the Presidency was clearly confused. They seemed to think the APC conducted this survey ourselves. No, they got things wrong. Unlike the PDP, we do not conduct surveys ourselves; instead, we commission professionals to conduct our polls.
"We use experts in the field so that the results are accurate and above reproach. In this instance our poll was conducted by KA Research Limited, Africa Division. It was the largest survey of its kind ever conducted in Nigeria. I understand how this might have been confusing to the Presidency, since the PDP does not use unbiased, professional pollsters,” he said.
He said the nation wanted change and would not vote to re-elect Jonathan in part because the number one issue to Nigerians is jobs and the nation believes Jonathan had no credibility on the issue of job creation.
“Nigerians also believe Jonathan has done an extremely poor job fighting corruption and that the resources that should be invested in job creation, infrastructure and economic development have been stolen and wasted – undermining the nation’s opportunity.”
– CAJ News
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