The presidency believes Nigerians will vote for continuity so that the president can consolidate on the achievements of his first term.
President Muhammadu Buhari's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has described the 2019 presidential election as a contest between light and darkness that he expects the president to win.
While speaking during an interview on Channels Television's Politics Today on Sunday, November 4, 2018, the president's spokesperson said Nigerians will decide on the right candidate who'll move the nation forward.
He said, "What we know is that a contest is ahead and it is going to be a contest between light and darkness, between integrity and people who have question marks; between a man whose life is plain and transparent and a man with so much opacity that you can't say, well, this is his life, this is his background and this is how he got this and that.
"It's going to be a fair contest and, at the end of the day, Nigerians will decide."
The 2019 presidential election, scheduled for February 16, 2019, is expected to be closely-fought between President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, of the People's Democratic Party (PDP).
79 candidates will contest in the election, the highest number ever in Nigeria's electoral history.
Buhari will win 2019 election with a wide margin – Presidency
During Sunday's interview, Adesina also expressed his belief that President Buhari will win with a wider margin than he used to win the 2015 contest.
He said he believes Nigerians will vote for continuity so that the president can consolidate on the achievements of his first term.
He said, "Our conviction is that the party will win by a wider margin, far wider margin, than in 2015. Look around, what is the alternative? Can we afford to take the country back into the infamous past? It would be very sad. It would be quite shameful to take Nigeria back into the past.
"The best option for Nigeria is a continuity of what we have now so that it can be properly consolidated for a better future and Nigerians know it.
"The option is President Buhari to be re-elected. Our confidence is that President Buhari will win the election."
In 2015, the president won with 15,424,921 votes, 2.5 million votes more than second-placed Goodluck Jonathan who won 12,853,162 votes. It was the first time an opposition candidate had beaten an incumbent president in a democratic election.