The Economist, a renowned London-based magazine has predicted winner of the 2019 presidential elections.


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According The Nation, the media outfit predicted President Muhammadu Buhari as the winner of the forthcoming election.


It also predicted doom for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying that the party will collapse before the election which will give rise to the emergence of Buhari as the winner.


However, members of the opposition PDP have reacted to this prediction, describing it as scandalous.


The party described forecast of the magazine as failing to meet the attributes of objectivity, balance and fairness.




In The Economist latest edition, “The World in 2019”, there is little hope that Islamist insurgency in the Northeast will end.


The magazine said: “The president, Muhammadu Buhari, will win re-election in February, as a new opposition coalition may collapse before the vote.


“Given the outlook for continuing political weakness, there is little prospect of progress in the fight against the Islamist insurgency in the north, nationalism in the oil-producing Delta and secessionism in the Biafra region.


“Market-based reforms will languish, holding back growth yet again.”


The magazine’s other predictions for Nigeria are: GDP growth (1.9%); GDP per head-$2, 410(PPP: $6,020); inflation (13.6%); Budget balance (5GDP) is -2.0 and population (201.0m).

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