The political activities seem to have intensified in the last few weeks as major political parties and major activists try to woo themselves with the voting public as the 2023 general elections approach.
Some of these somewhat controversial activities will try to shape or be decisive factors in the outcome of elections and political events in the coming year.
Nairmetrics presents a summary of some of the major political events in the country during the week
Monday, November 28
President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, He lost out again in his attempt to return to the Senate as the Court of Appeal in Abuja declared Bashir Sheriff Machina as the authentic candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Yobe North Senatorial District.
The news follows after this announcement
- For the past several months, Machina and Lawan, who represent Yobe North in the upper legislative chamber, have been the leaders of the loggers over the ticket that won the first one at the primary held on June 9, 2022.
- The court, on Monday, upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State, which ruled that the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, is not the APC candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in next year’s election into the Assembly National.
- The court argued that Mr. Lawan did not participate in the legally recognized primary election of the APC to choose its candidate in the election held on May 28, 2022.
Labor Party (LP) Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obiwho showed how he will move Nigeria from consumption to production if elected president in 2023.
- For quite some time, the LP Flag has been of the view that only a shift to more production can guarantee that Nigeria will have a more stable economy, increase wealth, and improve the lives of millions of Nigerians, who currently live in times below poverty. .
- To achieve this, he said the focus will first be on agriculture and production-oriented growth for food security and export, with more emphasis on the export of finished products instead of commodities and raw materials.
- Second, pursuant to Goal 9 of the SDGs, if elected, his administration continues to encourage investment in infrastructure – energy, transport, irrigation and telecommunications – to grow these and other sectors.
- And thirdly, he said that Nigeria as a nation must look beyond oil and intends to leapfrog Nigeria from oil to the Fourth Industrial Revolution by expanding physical infrastructure through market-led reforms that Entrepreneurship that enables growth and innovations will unleash market creation.
Tuesday, November 29
All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council.in a statement, denied claims that the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, will relocate the Federal Capital Territory from Abuja to Lagos.
The news follows after this announcement
- The Council’s Director, Media & Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, in the statement described the claim as a “monstrous lie”.
- He said that after the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and their representative the Labor Party, had exhausted their arsenal of calumnies and character assassination against Tinubu, they have started a desperate multi-faceted false campaign .
- Onanuga said, according to field reports, some elders are drawing on this wrong information on the PDP payroll.
Friday, December 2
A group of mostly APC members the northern extraction led by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has formally accepted the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the 2023 general election.
- Aafter several months of political consultations, the Northern Elders Consultative Forum, which includes Christian leaders of the APC in the North, has pledged its support to Atiku Abubakar, for the 2023 presidential election.
- He explained that Atiku was accepted as a candidate following the resolution of the Northern Christian leaders to work with their Muslim colleagues to adopt one of the presidential candidates to try to defeat the same faith presidential ticket of the APC.
- About a week before, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, who was a member of the group, endorsed the Labor Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed.
The convener of the BIG-TENT a coalition of political parties, social movements, and civil society organizations, Professor Pat Utomi, has revealed that 2 former heads of state have endorsed the Labor Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, for the 2023 elections.
- Utomi said the LP has many positive structures than other political parties to reclaim Nigeria from those who have held the country down.
- Utomi, a political economist and former Director of the Lagos Business School stated this in Abuja on Friday during a town hall meeting organized by The BIG-TENT as part of activities to rally support for Obi, his running mate, Datti Ahmed , and the LP. .
Saturday, December 3
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu after dispelling rumors that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, was denied a visa to the United States of America.
- The former Abia State Governor in a Facebook post on Saturday, described the story as fake news, saying that Tinubu himself postponed the travel and was never denied a visa.
- Orji Kalu claimed that the US State Department confirmed to him that Tinubu will be found in the third week of December.
- The APC Presidential Campaign Council said in a statement last week that Tinubu will go on foreign trips from December 4 to meet world leaders and convey his desire to the President.
- In the statement posted on its Twitter handle, the campaign council disclosed that Tinubu and his delegation will be in London, USA, France, and the main member states of the European Union to share his vision and plans and also seek the support of Western powers . the democratic process that will usher in the new administration in Nigeria from May 29, 2023.
- He added that while in London, Tinubu will address Chatham House, an elite institution of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Policy Think Tank, where he will speak on security, economy and foreign policy on Monday, December 5. 2022.
Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) He announced that he has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the CEOs of 4 major telecommunication operators in Nigeria as part of his consolidation plans for the electronic transmission of results in the 2023 general elections.
- Speaking on identified blind spots in the country’s telecommunication infrastructure, the INEC chairman said the commission was working with the NCC to find a solution for the effective transmission of results from all parts of the country in real time.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his representative, Kadiri Hamzat, have moved a step further in their re-election
- On Saturday, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and other supporters from across the country joined them at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena to announce the government’s “Greater Lagos Rising” campaign that will reach all local government areas in the state. , as part of their re-election bid.
Presidential election hopeful, Peter Obi and his vice presidential candidate Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, whose Manifesto 2023 called “Our Agreement with Nigeria: Creating a New Nigeria”.
- Although there has been no official confirmation from Peter Obi, the long-awaited manifesto is a 72-page document detailing the plans for the Obi/Datti campaign as they seek to win the 2023 elections.
- The manifesto includes seven priorities that Peter Obi will focus on if he becomes Nigeria’s president-elect in 2022.