As politicians intensified efforts in a bid to attain their aims, Nigerians had been made to expertise some fascinating developments that might solely have existed in peoples’ imaginations earlier than 2022.
Owing to the flurry of political actions, 2022 will likely be etched within the nation’s reminiscence because the yr that produced some shocking moments. These political highlights, some unimaginable, could have a substantial affect on the result of the upcoming elections.
Probably the most stunning maybe was Peter Obi dumping the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) in pursuit of his presidential ambition.
Whereas 2022 gave us a variety of massive political moments, let’s refresh you with 10 occasions Nigerians won’t overlook in a rush.
- Tinubu’s Emi Lo kan” speech in Abeokuta
Some referred to as it a speech whereas many have described it as an outburst however, whatever the facet of the divide you belong, the consensus is that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu‘s lengthy rant in Abeokuta previous to the APC presidential major marked a big second in Nigerian politics.
Whereas addressing members of his celebration in Ogun State some days earlier than the conference, a furious Tinubu reminded Nigerians how the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, would not have received his election in 2019 if not for his (Tinubu’s) assist.
He did not cease there, as he continued to make a case for why he deserved to be given a shot on the presidency, the previous Lagos State Governor narrated how he helped to put in Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president in 2015, stating that it is now his flip to rule.
- Atiku deletes ‘his response’ to Deborah’s homicide
That is one controversial second that might but have an enormous bearing on the 2023 presidential election. However, earlier than we undertaking into the long run, let’s relive what truly transpired on the time.
The previous Vice President and PDP flag-bearer, Abubakar Atiku, got here beneath heavy criticism after he deleted a publish on his Twitter web page that condemned the grotesque lynching of a Christian scholar, Deborah Samuel, by some Muslim fanatics in Sokoto State.
Justifying his motion, Atiku mentioned he by no means authorised the publish, arguing that authorised posts on his social media pages often bear his signature which the deleted publish by no means had.
Nevertheless, to the dismay of many Nigerians, he went on to tender an apology on his official Fb web page to those that could have felt offended by the content material of the publish that was deleted on his Twitter web page.
- When Peter Obi left the PDP
When rumours began swirling round that the previous Anambra State Governor was contemplating dumping the PDP, a blended response ensued within the political area.
Obi, who ran on the Atiku ticket because the Vice presidential candidate in 2019, was seen by his followers and admirers as a powerful power forward of the following yr’s election.
In the meantime, regardless of his robust marketing campaign, the permutation forward of the PDP major election appeared to not be in his favour which prompted him to decide out of the celebration in Could.
Obi later joined the Labour Celebration and will likely be flying the celebration’s flag within the presidential election in 2023.
- Tinubu successful APC ticket
Since he introduced his intention to run for the presidency in January 2022, Tinubu turned the favorite aspirant to clinch the APC ticket however this would not come with out some type of opposition.
As he later admitted, the previous Lagos State governor confronted the hardest battle of his political life up to now to win the APC ticket. A number of experiences had claimed that Buhari wasn’t significantly offered on Tinubu, and that there have been different aspirants being lined up for endorsement by the President who had earlier claimed to have a most well-liked successor.
Within the days resulting in the APC presidential conference, it turned clearer that Tinubu would not get Buhari’s blessings. Issues had been made tougher by the celebration’s Nationwide Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu‘s endorsement of Senate President, Ahmad Lawan just a few days earlier than the election.
Tinubu ultimately received the APC ticket defeating the likes of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and Rotimi Amaechi by a large margin.
- Tambuwal’s second speech on the PDP presidential conference
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, turned the “hero” of the PDP presidential conference when he introduced his withdrawal from the race and requested his supporters to solid their votes for Abubakar Atiku, who ultimately emerged because the winner.
Phrase on the road is that Tambuwal’s withdrawal and endorsement of Atiku successfully killed the probabilities of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, successful the coveted ticket.
- Adeleke defeats the incumbent governor
Governor Ademola Adeleke pulled off a giant shock when he convincingly defeated the incumbent on the time, Gboyega Oyetola, within the Osun governorship election again in July.
Adeleke, who had come agonisingly shut within the 2018 election, received barely a month after his celebration, the PDP, had suffered a crushing defeat within the Ekiti governorship election.
- The Soludo-Obidients saga
Anambra State Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, attracted the eye of supporters of the Labour Celebration presidential candidate following the previous’s goal analysis of the latter’s time as governor.
Soludo had mentioned throughout a tv interview that the investments made throughout Obi’s administration at the moment are value subsequent to nothing.
Obidients, as Obi supporters are fondly referred to as, deemed the remark as a demarketing of their candidate and unleashed a vitriolic assault on Soludo on social media.
Unshaken by the blowback, the previous CBN governor doubled down with a strongly worded letter through which he described Obi supporters as a mob with no head.
- Tinubu’s Chatham Home present
Tinubu exported his personal fashion of campaigning to the worldwide stage when he appeared on the prestigious Chatham Home in London, United Kingdom.
Having made his presentation that lasted for over 25 minutes, the APC candidate elected to delegate members of his group to reply questions posed to him by attendees of the occasion.
This was an unprecedented act within the historical past of candidates addressing the Royal Institute of Worldwide Affairs.
- Jonathan purported defection to the APC
Within the build-up to the APC presidential major, experiences claimed that former President, Goodluck Jonathan, had defected to the ruling celebration to contest the 2023 presidential election.
The suspense was heightened when claims emerged that Buhari, who unseated Jonathan in 2015, had a gentleman’s settlement handy over energy to his instant predecessor in 2023.
A number of assist teams additionally sprang up urging the previous president to contest on the platform of the APC.
- The NBA convention
The Nigerian Bar Affiliation Convention which occurred in August gave Nigerians some fascinating moments.
The foremost spotlight of the occasion was the looks of the APC Vice Presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima, whose unconventional dressing method rapidly turned a subject of dialogue.
Shettima caught the eyes for unusual causes as he wore a pair of sneakers on the swimsuit.
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