An online poll set up by African Independent Television (AIT), a television station which belongs to one of President Goodluck Jonathan’s closest friends, has further underlined his unpopularity as the opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, is currently defeating him by at least 75 per cent.
To add insult to injury, AIT has since last Saturday been running a documentary aimed at hurting the public perception of Buhari. The hour-long documentary, “The Real Buhari”, reportedly costs the Jonathan campaign N5 million each time it is aired.
The campaign also made a copy of the documentary available online but rather than do damage to Buhari’s support, it seems to have further emboldened his supporters to troop online to vote massively for him.
In similar online polls conducted by Saharareporters, Buhari also defeated Jonathan by a wide margin.
In reaction to the first of those unfavorable polls, Reno Omokri, who serves as Mr. Jonathan’s social media aide, rushed out to set up another poll on Facebook he called “BuildNigeria”.
But when it became clear that Buhari was defeating Jonathan in his own poll, Reno manipulated the poll and hurriedly closed it after managing to put Jonathan ahead by a mere 1%.