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On February 25, Nigerians will go to the polls to elect a new president. The country is at a critical juncture: the economy is slowing and has barely benefitted from the recent increase in oil prices; and insecurity is at its highest level since the end of the civil war, and enveloping ever more of the country. For the first time in years, the race has been thrown open by the emergence of a strong third-party candidate. If polls are accurate, Peter Obi could force the election to a run-off for the first time since the end of military rule in 1993.  

Though it is sub-Saharan Africa’s largest economy, Nigeria has struggled in recent years to check rising insecurity and overcome the government’s reliance on an oil sector whose output is far lower than a decade ago. 

Join Oxford Analytica’s conference call on February 22, where our experts will consider

  • How Obi’s candidacy and rising insecurity will redraw the electoral map
  • How electoral preparations and the most online campaign in Nigeria’s history could impact the vote
  • What policy changes might be expected once the new president is appointed 

A discussion between:

  • Brandon Kendhammer, Associate Professor Political Science Department, Ohio University  and member of the Oxford Analytica expert contributor network
  • Dr Portia Roelofs, Lecturer in Politics, King’s College London
  • Mark Amaza, Freelance Writer, Social and Political Commentator and member of the Oxford Analytica expert contributor network

Chair: Nick Redman, Director of Analysis

Background briefings

Each session is supported by a background briefing curated by our team of expert analysts who produce our flagship publication, the Oxford Analytica Daily Brief. These in-depth briefings are circulated to attendees in advance of each call and are available as written articles published in the Daily Brief.

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