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Our opinion poll more credible than PDP’s – APC

Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The All Progressives Congress has said its public opinion survey is more credible than the one carried out by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

The party said this at a press conference addressed by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja, on Tuesday.

He explained that contrary to the claims that the APC conducted a voodoo survey where President Goodluck Jonathan failed in all key areas of governance, it was the PDP that was neck deep in manipulating polls figures to suit its purpose.

The APC accused the PDP of engaging the services of NOI, a company allegedly owned by a serving minister to conduct polls in a bid to launder the administration’s image.

According to the APC, it was time for the PDP to come clean and let Nigerians know the ownership as well as the pedigree of NOI, the company which conducted its survey and rated President Jonathan highly.

It said unlike the PDP, the APC did not conduct surveys by itself; instead, it commissioned professionals to conduct its polls.

Mohammed said, “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.

“That explains why the results were such a shock to the PDP. The Presidency suggested we were practising some kind of voodoo; it seems that the voodoo is coming entirely from the PDP and its survey company.

“Second, just who is the PDP/Presidency’s polling company? It is a firm named NOI Polls. And just who is this firm? Do those initials ring a bell with anyone?”

While insisting that the result of its polls were more credible, the APC said the survey respondents were selected using multi-stage random sampling methodology across all the states in the country; interviewed by experienced and trained local field teams in each state.

The survey results, the APC added, had a margin of sampling error of +/- 0.7 per cent, including design effect.

He added that the KA Research Limited (KARL) is a privately owned international research company, based in Brussels, Belgium and Istanbul, Turkey; operating in more than 60 countries with its own offices, subsidiaries and affiliates in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA Region).

The APC challenged the PDP to do the same if it was so confident about the results of its own survey.

It will be recalled that the result of the NOI Governance Poll for the month of February 2014 stated that 59 percent of the adult Nigerian population approve of the job performance of President Jonathan.

This ran contrary to the results of the poll conducted by the APC which revealed that 59 per cent rated Jonathan low in the anti-graft war.

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