You would think debates, door to door campaigning, direct phone calls and are exclusive to America’s brand of politics, not anymore.
With a mere four days to the elections, Nigerian candidates are trying out to new campaign tactics to ensure that they get into office or remain there.
While President Muhammadu Buhari is sticking to his old formula of hitting the roads, visiting states and speaking at huge rallies, his deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has taken a more fresh approach.
He has hit the ground running, knocking on doors to convince people to vote for his boss for a second time. Osinbajo did a bit of this in 2015, appearing in public places but this time around the approach has been more intimate and more grassroots.
Town halls are not new to this campaign season, but politicians have ramped up its use to touch base with electorates. Both leading presidential candidates, President Muhammadu Buhari (APC) and Atiku Abubakar (PDP) have held televised town hall meetings.
The Buhari campaign has gone a step further by also calling people and convincing them to vote for the incumbent.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC isn’t taking any chances. The gubernatorial candidate has been seen posing as a phone repairer, mechanic and hairdresser as he drums up support. This style of campaigning has been used extensively by politicians in the United States of America to position themselves as part of the people they want to represent.
Sanwo-Olu can fix your phone screen. He can also flush your carburettor pic.twitter.com/BQ1o9NDDMX
— tyro (@DoubleEph) January 15, 2019