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The top 10 political issues that dominated 2022

The year 2022 has been dominated by political activities as politicians and political parties prepare for the 2023 general elections.

All the major political parties held primaries to fill the various positions amid challenges of the election law.

In this report, the DAILY POST will review the most important moments and events regarding politics in 2022.

In no particular order, these events and moments shaped the year, in magnitude and expectation—in most cases, they dominated news reporting.

2022 Election Law

This law has been shaping the political landscape in Nigeria since its enactment. Many political appointees had to resign to run in the primaries, while some had to give up their political ambition to stay in the job.

The Confederation’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malamy, had to give up his ambition to run for Kebbi State gubernatorial race. Others like Timipriye Sylva and Chris Ngige lost their N100 million presidential candidacy form from APC to retain their ministerial post.

Godswill Akpabio, Ahmed Lawan and several others lost due to the law, as new provisions in the law changed the party primaries.

Speech by Emilukan Tinubu

Out of nowhere, Bola Tinubu, one of the 23 hopefuls vying for the APC’s presidential ticket, made that famous speech in Abeokuta, announcing that it was his turn to become the ruling party’s candidate.

In that famous speech, Mr. Tinubu forbade nothing and spared no one. From President Muhammadu Buhari to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Dabo Abiodun. “Everyone cut breakfast,” as they say on Twitter.

The former governor of Lagos state reminded President Muhammadu Buhari of his previous electoral defeats before 2015.

For Osinbajo, he was reminded of how he became Vice President, while Governor Abiodun was given the ‘Eleyi of Eyi’. Many expected the speech to be the end for Tinubu but he went on to become his party’s candidate.

Some of the Yoruba words he used during the speech—such as emilukan—became a campaign slogan. Even the ruler Abiodun embraced Ili (this).

Peter Opie and the Birth of Pastors

Ten months ago, it would have been difficult to put Labor into the conversation as a possible winner of the presidential race. Peter Obi’s transition from the People’s Democratic Party to the Labor Party and the birth of the Obedience movement completely changed the 2023 presidential race.

According to some polls, Obi is leading in the battle to replace Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja. Obidients held rallies in several cities across the country and dominated political discourse on social media.

While many predicted the movement would fizzle out, with less than 60 days left before the election, the movement remains formidable. Mr. Obi and his movement have taken over 2022.

Tambuwal’s Discourse in Primary PDP

Shortly before voting began in the PDP presidential primaries at Moshood Abiola Stadium, Governor Aminu Tambuwal stood up to address the crowd at the conference. The short speech that ended with the endorsement of Atiku Abubakar changed the course of the main opposition party.

Atiku wins the primaries, however, the rift threatens the party’s chances of winning the 2023 presidential election.

He believes this speech has changed the party. Wake and four other rulers join forces to form the Group of Five rulers who openly defy their party.

Jonathan is coming

Despite not being a member of the ruling party, former President Goodluck Jonathan was tied to the APC presidential ticket throughout the weeks leading up to the APC primaries.

It should be noted that some people are said to have purchased N100 million nomination and expression of interest forms for Jonathan.

All along, it looked as if Jonathan would join the race, but he hasn’t.

Tinubu’s victory

Tinubu, Asiwaju, Ahmed, Amaechi, Tinubu, Asiwaju……These names were repeated in this order in the Eagle Square in Abuja during the counting of votes. In the end, Tinubu, who had earlier pushed some other contenders to step down on his behalf, won the primary.

His 1,271 votes were enough to defeat the Vice President, the President of the Senate, and many others.

The threat of Buhari’s removal

In July, several opposition MPs in both houses of the National Assembly issued an ultimatum to President Buhari; Fix the insecurity or remove it from the position.

To emphasize the seriousness of the matter, some members of the Senate from the ruling party, such as Elisha Abu and Omar Belkachowa, expressed their solidarity with the opposition.

However, by the time lawmakers resumed recess, the order had been dropped.

Wake squad

Governor Nesom Wake’s famous band of Rivers State could have won a Grammy for Political Music if there had been any such award.

Throughout the year, they dropped outrageous strikes at a “back-to-back” rate. Some of their songs like “As e dey pain them”, “Agreement is Agreement”, “Big man no dey for size” etc are popular songs in Nigeria.

The band was named Best Political Musical Band of 2022, even ahead of Sanwo-Olu Babes.

Million Man March

One of the innovations in political campaigning in Nigeria is the “Million Man Rally”. Supporters of different candidates marched differently for their candidates.

Initially, the Obidents organized such rallies to show support for Peter Opie, however, others also held similar rallies.

The Million Man Rally will feature prominently in 2022.

Okupe arrest

The general manager of the Obi/Dati campaign, Doyin Okupe, resigned within a week after a court found him guilty in connection with armed money.

Although Mr. Okupe chose to pay a fine, he was compelled to resign because his continued stay in the campaign seemed to conflict with the new order advocated by the Obidient movement.

The top 10 political issues that dominated 2022

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