Assessing Peter Obi's manifesto plans

NB: We have updated our analysis of the manifestos to reflect the contents of PDP’s comprehensive manifesto. You can find the complete assessment here.

Last week, the Stears insights team analysed promises from Nigeria's All Progressive Congress (APC) and People's Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidates.

The verdict on plans from fiscal & monetary policies to electricity, agriculture and security was that the candidates would struggle with implementing their plans if elected.

Key takeaways:

  1. Following our analysis of the APC and PDP presidential manifestos last week and the release of the LP manifesto, it’s only right that we assess all three manifestos across the same metrics.

  2. From monetary policy to fiscal policy, electricity, security and agriculture, we analyse the LP’s plans and score the manifestos based on relevance, implementation and novelty.

  3. LP has a good grasp of the issues and outperforms the two major political parties in many ways.


Some plans didn’t leave us convinced that the candidates understood the issues plaguing several aspects of the economy. Worse, others could possibly push Nigeria into further economic and financial ruin.

On a brighter note, plans for the power and agricultural sectors showed that the parties understood the sectors’ challenges.

Still, neither manifesto inspired confidence that either candidate could steer Nigeria in the right direction. Will things be different with Nigeria's third force manifesto?

Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for Labour Party (LP), released his grand plans two weeks ago. To break it down for our readers, we’ve focused on five core economic sectors and applied the same metrics from our analysis of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and People's Democratic Party (PDP).

For this analysis, the scores will be centred on relevance (how well they address the issues), implementation (how realistic they are) and novelty (how new they

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