Nigeria’s political sphere is ever alive with rhetoric and interplays, and the sector has since the onset of 2022 been fully charged, all thanks to the fact that this is a year preceding the general elections.
Economic dynamics and the security situation across the country have left questions at the tip of many Nigerians’ tongues. Some believe the answers they seek cannot be proffered by the present administration and as such, they have set their minds on the future and are looking for a reprieve from an incoming government.
Fascinations about the 2023 general elections continue to dominate interactions week after week, and here below are some quotes that give us an insight into what went down in the passing week, as well as a sneak-peek into possibilities for the coming days.
“Since the President has thrown in the charge about the direct and indirect primaries and if that provision is removed he would assent the bill, I welcome it to the members of the national assembly to take him at his words”.
President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Olumide Akpata, calls for the passage of the Electoral Bill, saying there is so much in the document for it to be ‘thrown away’.
“Be fair in your assessment”
President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to be fair in their assessment of his government and what it has achieved from 2015 to date.
“A government that cares for and loves its people will not have politicians obsessed with self-love when just a little thoughtfulness can reduce the sufferings of the people and accelerate the pace of progress.”
Political Economist, Professor Pat Utomi, urges Nigerians in the diaspora to help save Nigeria.
“The governors want Mr President to reconsider his position and consider decentralisation and restructuring of the security architecture as the most viable solution, together with proper arming, funding and training requirements for security agencies.”
Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure Nigeria’s security architecture.
“We know that the North with their population and the vast majority will always play the role of a kingmaker, being a deciding factor in 2023 presidency. We feel that the best thing to do is to migrate from the other side of the world and interphase with the real people who are holding the masses.”
The Pan-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, appealed to its counterpart from the north to support the South East to produce the next president in 2023 for the interest of justice and equity.
“Maybe the National Assembly did not painstakingly go through the process because if they did honestly, they may not have arrived at the decision where one head became better than almost 500 and something people.”
The lawmaker representing Kebbi South Senatorial District, Senator Bala Na’Allah is of the opinion that the National Assembly’s process of earlier deciding on Direct Primaries, was not painstaking enough.
“We will also continue to encourage collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Justice, their state counterparts, and law enforcement, to ensure that those who have been apprehended for terrorism and violent crimes are effectively prosecuted.”
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), says even though “the soul of the North, and of Nigeria by extension, is being contested by some of the most destructive and evil forces in contemporary history,” the Buhari Administration is firmly resolved to resist and defeat them.
“Distinguished Colleagues, funding of the 2022 Budget is predicated on significant borrowing. Our country is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.”
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has justified the need for the Federal Government to borrow funds, saying it is necessary for infrastructural development in the country.
“We are doing our efforts to consolidate the system for the good of the people because they matter”.
President Muhammadu Buhari underlines his resolve to consolidate the country’s political system to improve the quality of the people’s lives because “the people matter.”
“I wish to assure the people and government of Kaduna State that the Federal Government is doing its utmost to contain and crush the terrorists that have been menacing our citizens and their property in parts of the country”.
President Muhammadu Buhari reassures residents of Kaduna of the resolve of the Nigerian Armed Forces, under his watch, to crush terrorists and criminal gangs operating in the state and other parts of the country.
“Bear in mind, I am no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that will bring me back to partisan politics.”
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says he is no longer interested in partisan politics.
“It’s overdue for an Igbo man to become a Nigerian president; I believe the Southeast should produce the next President and it’s going to happen.”
Chief Whip of the Senate and a former governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, declares ahead of the 2023 general elections that though he is ready for the campaigns and capable of leading the country, he is not desperate to become president.
“Now that the National Assembly has done the right thing, he (Buhari) should waste no time at assenting to the bill and let the process have enough time to adjust.”
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to swiftly sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
“We are looking forward to the convention of our great party and by the grace of God, I will declare”.
Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has revealed that he will declare his intention to run for the presidency in the forthcoming 2023 election once the All Progressives Congress (APC) holds its national convention.
“Of course, there is nothing to celebrate in the APC pyramid of lies in Abuja. It is rather shameful that APC leaders are again ridiculing President Muhammadu Buhari by making him unveil pyramids of allegedly imported foreign rice which are re-bagged as locally produced, just to create an impression of a boost in local production under his watch.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reacts to the unveiling of rice pyramids in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari describing it as ‘pyramids of lies.’
“On the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before the National Assembly, the Commission is encouraged by the Senate President’s assurance to give priority attention to the Bill when the National Assembly reconvenes from its recess today, and the commitment by the President to assent to the Bill as soon as the issue of mode of primaries by political parties is resolved.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it will release the timetable for the 2023 general elections once the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is signed into law.
“The review of the 1999 Constitution is a major plank of our Legislature Agenda. Our Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution has done so much work so far.”
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, says work is ongoing on the review of the 1999 Constitution and the report would be considered soon.