Major political events in the past week in the build up to the 2023 election


Political activities seem to have intensified in the last two weeks with major political parties and actors trying to endear themselves to the public vote as the 2023 general election approaches.

Some of these activities, which are somewhat controversial, will try to shape or become a decisive factor in the outcome of elections and political events in the coming year.

Nairmetrics presents a round-up of some of the major political events in the country during the week

Monday, November 28

The President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, has once again lost his bid to return to the senate as the Court of Appeal in Abuja confirmed Bashir Sheriff Machina as the genuine All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District.

For several months, Machina and Lawan, who represents Yobe North in the upper legislative chamber have been fighting over the ticket won by the former in the primary held on June 9, 2022.

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The court, on Monday, upheld the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Damaturu, Yobe State, declaring that the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, is not the APC candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District in next year’s election National Assembly.

The court submitted that Mr. Lawan did not participate in the legally recognized primary election of the APC to choose its candidate for the election held on May 28, 2022.

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Monday, November 28

The presidential candidate of the Labor Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi, has revealed how he will move Nigeria from consumption to production if he is elected president in 2023.

For a long time, the LP Flagbearer believes that only the movement of increased production can guarantee Nigeria a stronger economy, increase wealth and better lives for millions of Nigerians, who are currently living below the poverty line.

To achieve this, he said the first focus is on agriculture and production centered on growth for food security and exports, with more emphasis on exporting finished products instead of of commodities and raw materials.

Second, in line with Goal 9 of the SDGs, his administration if elected from its inception, will continue to encourage investment in infrastructure – energy, transportation, irrigation, and telecommunications – to grow this and other sectors.

And thirdly, he said that Nigeria as a country should look beyond oil and they intend to jump Nigeria from oil to the Fourth Industrial Revolution by expanding physical infrastructure through reforms market-driven that will unleash growth-enabling entrepreneurship and market-making innovations.

Tuesday, November 29

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, in a statement has denied claims that the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, will move the Federal Capital Territory from Abuja to Lagos.

The Council’s Director, Media & Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, in a statement, described the claim as a “gross lie”.

He said that after the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its successor, the Labor Party, exhausted their arsenal of calumnies and character assassination against Tinubu, they embarked on a multi -pronged desperate campaign of lies.

Onanuga said that according to reports in the field, this misinformation was given some traction by some elders on the PDP payroll.

Friday December 2

A group of top members of the APC in the northern take led by the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mister Yakubu Dogara, has formally adopted the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the 2023 general election.

After several months of political consultations, the Northern Elders Consultative Forum, including Christian leaders of the APC in the North, pledged its support for Atiku Abubakar, for the 2023 presidential election.

It explained that Atiku was adopted as its candidate following 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 like-minded APC presidential ticket. .

About a week ago, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, who is a member of the group, endorsed the presidential candidate of the Labor Party, Peter Obi, and his running mate, Datti Baba – Ahmed.

Friday, December 2

The founder of the BIG-TENT coalition of political parties, social movements and civil society organizations, Professor Pat Utomi, has suggested that 2 former heads of state have endorsed the Labor Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi, for the 2023 election.

Utomi said the LP has enough positive structures in place than other political parties to take Nigeria back from those who are holding the country back.

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 support building activities for Obi, his running mate, Datti Ahmed, and the LP.

Saturday, December 3

Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has denied rumors that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has been denied a visa to the United States of America.

The former governor of Abia State in a Facebook post on Saturday, described the story as fake news, saying Tinubu posted the trip on his own and was never denied a visa.

Orji Kalu claimed that the US State Department confirmed to him that Tinubu would be received in the third week of December.

The APC Presidential Campaign Council in a statement last week said Tinubu will embark on foreign trips from December 4 to meet global leaders and raise his presidential aspirations.

In a statement posted on its Twitter handle, the campaign council disclosed that Tinubu and his delegation will go to London, USA, France, and major member states of the European Union to share his vision and plans and also to seek the support of the Western powers for the democratic process that will start the new administration in Nigeria from May 29, 2023.

It also stated that while in London, Tinubu will speak at Chatham House, the elite Foreign and Policy think-tank institution in the United Kingdom where he will speak on security, economy and foreign policy on Monday, December 5, 2022.

Saturday, December 3

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has announced that it has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the Chief Executives of the 4 major telecommunication operators in Nigeria as part of its consolidation plans. for the electronic transmission of the results of the 2023 general election.

Speaking on the 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 every part of the country in real time. .

Saturday, December 3

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, 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 flag off the “Greater Lagos Rising” governorship campaign that will reach out to all local government area of ​​the state. , as part of their re-election bid.

Saturday, December 3

Presidential election hopeful, Peter Obi and his vice presidential candidate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, have finally released their 2023 Manifesto, dubbed “Our Promise to Nigerians: Making a New- of 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 elected president of Nigeria in 2022.


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