INEC and NCC meet this week to discuss the 2023 elections

Political activities appear to have intensified in recent weeks with major political parties and actors trying to win over the voting public as the 2023 general election approaches.

Some of these somewhat controversial activities will attempt to shape or become a deciding factor in the outcome of next year’s elections and political events.

Nairmetrics presents a summary of some of the main political events in the country during the week

Monday, November 28

Senate President Ahmed Lawan he once again lost in his bid to return to the Senate when the Abuja Court of Appeals affirmed Bashir Sheriff Machina as the bona fide All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the Yobe North Senate District.

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  • For several months, Machina and Lawan, who represents Yobe North in the upper legislature, have been at loggerheads over the ticket Machina won in the June 9, 2022 primary.
  • The court on Monday upheld the ruling of the Damaturu, Yobe state-based Federal High Court, which held that Senate President Ahmed Lawan is not the APC candidate for Yobe’s northern senatorial district in next year’s elections. year to the National Assembly.
  • The court had alleged that Mr. Lawan did not participate in the APC’s legally recognized primary election to select its candidate in the election held on May 28, 2022.

Labor Party (LP) presidential candidate Mr. Peter Obihe had revealed how he will move Nigeria from consumption to production if he is elected president in 2023.

  • For quite some time, LP Flagbearer had been of the opinion that only a step towards higher production can ensure Nigeria a more stable economy, increase wealth and improve the lives of millions of Nigerians, who are now living below the poverty line. .
  • To achieve this, he said that first, the focus will be on agriculture and production-focused growth for food security and export, with greater emphasis on exporting finished goods rather than commodities and raw materials.
  • Second, in line with SDG Goal 9, your administration, if elected, will continue to encourage investment in infrastructure (energy, transportation, irrigation, and telecommunications) from the outset to grow these and other sectors.
  • And thirdly, he said that Nigeria as a nation must look beyond oil and intends to move Nigeria from oil to the Fourth Industrial Revolution by expanding physical infrastructure through market driven reforms that will unleash the entrepreneurship that enables growth and market-creating innovations.

Tuesday, November 29

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

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  • The Council’s Director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, in the statement, described the claim as an “egregious lie”.
  • He said that after the main opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and its surrogate Labor Party exhausted their arsenal of slander and defamation against Tinubu, they began a desperate campaign of falsehoods on several fronts.
  • Onanuga said that according to reports from the field, some elders on the PDP payroll are lending some force to this misinformation.

Friday, December 2

A group of mainly APC members of northern extraction led by former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, formally adopted 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 APC Christian leaders in the North, has pledged its support for Atiku Abubakar for the 2023 presidential election.
  • He explained that Atiku was adopted as his candidate following a resolution by northern Christian leaders to work with their Muslim counterparts to adopt one of the presidential candidates in a bid to defeat the APC’s same-faith presidential bid.
  • About a week earlier, a former Federation Government Secretary, Babachir Lawal, who had been a member of the group, had endorsed Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi and his running mate Datti Baba-Ahmed.

The convener of the BIG TENT coalition of political parties, social movements and civil society organisations, Professor Pat Utomi has hinted that 2 former heads of state have endorsed Labor Party presidential candidate Peter Obi for the 2023 election.

  • Utomi said that the LP has enough positive structures in place of other political parties to reclaim Nigeria from those who have dominated the country.
  • Utomi, a political economist and former head of the Lagos Business School, had this to say in Abuja on Friday during a town hall meeting organized by The BIG-TENT as part of efforts to boost support for Obi, his running mate Datti. Ahmed, and the LP. .

Saturday, December 3

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

  • The former Abia state governor described the story as fake news in a Facebook post on Saturday, saying Tinubu postponed the trip himself and was never denied a visa.
  • Orji Kalu said that the US State Department confirmed to him that Tinubu will be received in the third week of December.
  • The APC Presidential Campaign Council had said in a statement last week that Tinubu will embark on trips abroad from December 4 to meet world leaders and present his presidential bid.
  • In the statement posted on their Twitter account, the campaign council revealed that Tinubu and his delegation will be in London, the US, France and the main member states of the European Union to share their vision and plans and also request support. of the Western powers for the democratic process that will usher in the new administration in Nigeria from May 29, 2023.
  • He also stated that while in London, Tinubu will be heading to Chatham House, the UK’s elite institution of foreign policy and political experts, where he will speak on security, economics and foreign policy on Monday, December 5, 2022.

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

  • Speaking about the identified blind spots in the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, the INEC president said that 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.

The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Kadiri Hamzat, have taken another step in their re-election

  • On Saturday, members of the state’s All Progressive Congress (APC) and other supporters from across the country join them at Mobolaji Johnson Arena to kick off the “Greater Lakes Rising” gubernatorial campaign that will reach all local government areas in the state. , as part of his candidacy for re-election.

Candidate for the presidential election, Peter Obi and his vice-presidential candidate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, have finally published their Manifesto 2023, which is called “Our pact with Nigerians: 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 election.
  • The manifesto includes seven priorities that Peter Obi will focus on if he is elected president of Nigeria in 2022.

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