2019: US institute denies predicting victory for Buhari
By Steve Oko
Wawa News Global can authoritatively report that the reported victory prediction for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 poll purportedly by the United States Institute for Peace, may be a hoax after all.
This is beautiful the US institute has vehemently denied ever making such a prediction which was widely publicised by most media houses in Nigeria.
The institution said it is non-partisan, and completely dissociated itself from the prediction.
Perhaps embarrassed by the purported prediction, the US institute decided to clear the air via a terse press statement posted on its website.
The Institute in the statement captioned: “Correcting a Media Error: USIP Makes No Prediction on Nigerian Election”, stressed that the report by many Nigerian media that the Institute’s 20-page report on risk to a peaceful election in Nigeria, predicted victory for Buhari was false.
USIP therefore stressed that the reports were erroneous adding that the Institute was non-partosan and its only interest in elections was that of preventing violence not on the outcome.
Below is a full text of the statement :
“A few Nigerian newspapers reported erroneously this week that the U.S. Institute of Peace has made a prediction about the possible outcome of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election.
“USIP never makes predictions about election outcomes and has not done so in this case. The Institute’s work on elections is confined to helping nations avoid electoral violence.
“The erroneous news accounts misrepresent USIP’s recent 20-page report on the risks to a peaceful 2019 election in Nigeria.
“This study is based on interviews across the country with more than 200 Nigerian respondents—election administrators, political party representatives, security officials, civil society and youth groups, the media, traditional and religious leaders, prominent community figures, business people, academics and others.
“The USIP report noted that, in the interviews, “some respondents” discussed their own views of Nigerian public perceptions about an election outcome.
“A Nigerian news account mis-reported this passage as a USIP prediction of the outcome, and other Nigerian news organizations repeated the error.
“As USIP is a strictly nonpartisan institution, its work on elections focuses entirely on preventing violence. For more information on USIP’s work on peaceful elections in Nigeria. “