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‘Osinbajo 875, Tinubu 571’ — how an unknown research body misfired on APC primary

‘Osinbajo 875, Tinubu 571’ — how an unknown research body misfired on APC primary
June 08
22:00 2022

On Monday, Nigerians woke up to adverts in Daily Trust and THISDAY, among other newspapers, announcing that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was going to win the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with 857 delegate votes.

A previously unknown organisation, named Democratic Research Initiative (DRI), said it had polled over 1,200 of the expected 2,322 delegates and had adopted a “stratified sampling technique” to arrive at its conclusions.

Although it described itself as a “respected research and strategy institution”, there was no contact address on the advert and all internet searches returned blank: no website, no Twitter handle, no phone number, no e-mail or physical address.

The DRI projected that Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos, would get 571 votes in the primary election.


Other projections were: Rotimi Amaechi, 329; Godswill Akpabio, 40; Kayode Fayemi, 124; David Umahi 20; and Ahmad Lawan, one.

Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi state, was allocated 22 votes by the DRI.

In real life, Osinbajo placed third with 235 votes — about 1,000 votes less than what Tinubu garnered and 640 votes less than the “respected research and strategy institution” projected.


Although it allocated one vote to Lawan, the senate president scored 152.

However, Ameachi got less votes than projected — 316 as against 329.

The Monday advert by “Democratic Research Initiative” gave Osinbajo the APC presidential ticket with 857 projected delegate votes

How did ‘DRI’ fare?

Candidate “DRI” poll Actual Result
Tinubu 571 1,271
Amaechi 329 316
Lawan 1 152
Osinbajo 875 235
Bello 22 47
Umahi 20 38
Fayemi 124 Withdrew
Akpabio 40 Withdrew

1 Comment

  1. Bayo Bamiduro
    Bayo Bamiduro June 08, 22:55

    This is one of the instances that gave Statistics the bad name ‘lying with statistics’. Probably, all the essential principles of statistical sampling were frustrated deliberately or accidentally.

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