The preparations for the 2023 general elections, considered by many to be very important in the political history of Nigeria, continue to generate a lot of interest among major political parties and actors who are trying to overcome themselves.
Some of the political parties and their support groups have intensified their campaigns and rallies inside and outside Nigeria in their bid to sell their plans and programs to the voting public and influential groups.
Nairametrics in continuation of the series presents a round-up of some of the major political events in the country during the week
The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on December 5, 2022, appeared at the world’s leading policy institute and think-tank forum, Chatham House in London, where he revealed some of his plans for major sectors such as defense, economy, education, and technology.
- However, his performance at the forum has since become a subject of controversy as praises and knocks have followed the former governor of Lagos State from supporters and members of the opposition respectively.
- Opposition parties were not impressed with the candidate’s decision to direct some of the questions put to him to APC chieftains including the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, and the former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi.
A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogaraformally ditched the APC for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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- This comes barely 48 hours after Dogara, who earlier in July 2020, left the PDP and rejoined the APC, and some aggrieved northern APC leaders expressed support for the PDP presidential candidate. , Atiku Abubakar.
- This followed several months of political permutations as the Northern Elders Consultative Forum, including Christian leaders of the APC in the North on December 2, formally adopted Atiku, after they expressed their opposition to the Muslim-Muslim ticket in APC.
- According to them, Atiku was adopted in line with the resolution of the Northern Christian leaders to collaborate with their Muslim counterparts in adopting one of the presidential candidates in a bid to defeat the same faith presidential ticket of the ruling party.
The APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubuto rest the controversy surrounding his academic records, revealed that he had recently received his original replacement degree certificate from Chicago State University.
- Tinubu announced this while answering questions during his appearance at Chatham House in London, where he addressed controversies surrounding his age, schooling, and record in the private sector.
- He said that until now he has refused to debate with his fellow presidential contestants because he is marketable and because of this he will not allow groups or institutions to use him to make money.
The Labor Party presidential candidate, Peter Obion Tuesday, December 6, said that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will not strike if he becomes the next president of the country.
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- Obi who spoke at a state rally in Owerri, Imo State, said his administration would dialogue with the leadership of ASUU to ensure that the universities are not locked down, adding that his administration would work with the students and invest heavily in education, health and agriculture.
- The LP Presidential aspirant said, “If you make me president and Datti my vice president, ASUU will not go on strike. We will have a dialogue with them. We will work with students. The future of any serious country depends on its education and health sectors. I will invest heavily in those sectors if you choose us.”
- However, this seems to be contrary to the situation during his tenure as Governor of Anambra State when doctors under the employment of the state went on strike for about 13 months.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, December 7, reiterated once again that the 2023 general election will be free, fair and credible, as manipulations will not be allowed in any form.
- The President spoke at the State House, Abuja, while playing the West African Elders Forum Pre-Election Mediation Mission, led by former Sierra Leonean President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma.
- Buhari said, “That right is guaranteed. We live, and thrive. People should vote for who they want, in any party. We will not allow anyone to use money and thugs to scare the people. Nigerians know better now, they are wiser and know that it is better to talk than to carry weapons. Elections are even more difficult to rig today. “
Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during an interview with BBC Africaattributed his source of wealth to the real estate he inherited and then returned.
Tinubu, who gave the interview after his appearance at Chatham House in London, insisted that those critical of his source of wealth are jealous of his achievements, adding that he did not take any government appointment or government contract. since he left office.
The allegation of taking part of the Lagos revenue was rejected: Tinubu, who was the governor of Lagos state from 1999 to 2007, also rejected the allegation of taking a share of Lagos revenue, saying his accusers have no proof of that.
On the allegations that he got a share of the profits earned in Lagos, he said, “Hey, I’m sorry, share, what? Have they proven it? The World Bank, (and) the International Monetary Fund are investigating the records of Lagos State. What’s wrong with them? Envy, envy, envy.”
The Labor Party in a major policy statement said that if his presidential candidate, Peter Obi, wins the 2023 election, the minimum wage in the country will be as high as N80,000 to N100,000.
- The Deputy National Chairman of the LP, Ayo Olorunfemi, said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme.
- Olorunfemi said the party is looking at the implementation of N80,000 to 100,000 as the new minimum wage depending on the job as against the current N30,000 which he said does not reflect the reality of Nigerians.
Chatham House also invited the Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi to discuss his plans for Nigerians ahead of the February 25, 2023, presidential election.
- Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, is expected to attend the event scheduled for January 16, 2023, in London, United Kingdom and is the second presidential candidate invited to address the global forum.
The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Senator Musa Kwakwansoon Thursday, December 8, 2022, described the promoters of his rumored merger with another party as failed politicians.
- Kwankwaso said this while speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta, shortly after he addressed NNPP members at the party secretariat in the state capital.
- The NNPP presidential candidate has denied that he is planning to merge the party with other political parties before next year’s election.
- Kwakwanso said, “That’s nonsense. You see we believe that we are not more than three or four parties in the country, but in 2023, next year, by the grace of God, the NNPP will win the elections nationally and at all levels.
- “So, these are the people who are failed politicians who have nothing to say to Nigerians other than spreading unnecessary rumors of a merger.
- “The merger is gone. We have candidates. In all parties, everyone is campaigning. So, ignore that nonsense.”
The crisis in the Labor party took a new twist as the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on Friday, terminated the appointment of its acting National Publicity Secretary, Abayomi Arabambi, and disbanded the Ogun chapter of the party on the role they played. on the alleged dismissal of the Director General of the Obi-Datti Presidential Campaign Council, Doyin Okupe.
- This is despite the NWC passing a vote of confidence in the leadership of their embattled National Chairman, Julius Abure, saying it has investigated all the allegations of corruption leveled against him and found that he can’t.
Okupe and 10 members of the party were removed from the leadership of the Ogun State chapter of the LP for alleged “non-financial membership status, political rascality and misappropriation of funds.”
The Rivers state government has accused a plot by some unnamed persons to blackmail Governor Nyesom Wike, because of the demands of the group of 5 governors, known as the G-5.
- The state government has issued a stern warning to this group which is said to be orchestrating a smear campaign against the State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
- The State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Chris Finebone, who briefed journalists in Port Harcourt after the state executive council meeting, displayed a copy of a document said to have led to the evil plot of people he described as faceless and political detractors of Governor Wike.
The Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintirihas accused the Governor of the Central Bank, Godwin Emefiele, of targeting the political class with the cash withdrawal limit policy unveiled by the apex bank on Tuesday.
- Controversies continue to follow the Central Bank of Nigeria’s proposed policy to limit daily cash withdrawals for individuals to N20,000 per day and N100,000 and N500,000 per week for individuals and corporate bodies respectively.
- But Governor Fintiri, who reacted to the new CBN policy during the campaign in Kala’a, Hong Local Government Area, said it was obvious that Emefiele’s policy was targeted at the political class.
- He said the policy coming soon after Emefiele’s unprecedented entry into politics was cut off prematurely, could only be retaliatory because the policy is likely to worsen the poverty of the citizens.