Nigeria must pass 7 basic tests of credible polls

Instead of debating issues, the main candidates, Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, through their overzealous spin doctors, have been engaging in tit-for-tat mudslinging, scavenging for dirt to throw at each other.

~ Vanguard News

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