- 2022 is a year that many Nigerians cannot forget in a heartbeat due to the different political events that occurred in the years leading up to the 2023 general election.
- From January, when the APC’s Bola Tinubu first announced his ambition to rule the country in a strategy chat with the Aso Rock media, to December, when the campaign was wildly successful.
- With the 2023 election in the offing, 2022 featured something familiar in an unfamiliar way, such as “Emi Lokan” and many other powerful events.
The political space in Nigeria became more tense in 2022 unlike before. This is due to the expected political change that the country will experience with the 2023 elections on the horizon.
Major political parties such as the All Progressive Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labor Party (LP) shaped the politics of Nigeria in 2022.
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This is due to the activities of his presidential candidates like APC’s Bola Tinubu, PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and his LP counterpart, Peter Obi, generating some jokes in the political milieu.
Some of the most important events are listed below:
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Tinubu declares interest in joining the 2023 presidential race in Aso Rock
Bola Tinubu, the APC presidential candidate, opened the floor for major political events on Monday, January 10, when he declared his interest to join the 2023 presidential race.
Announcing your interest in the pageant is not the big stop, but meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and declaring your interest in the presidential villa dominated the media space.
Tinubu refers to the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, ‘Eleyi’ in Abeokuta
The meeting of the APC presidential candidate with Ogun delegates in Abeokuta, the state capital, is one of the most important political events that shaped Nigerian politics in 2022.
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At the event, Nigerians hear word of mouth about how Yemi Osinbajo emerged as President Buhari’s running mate in 2023.
Tinubu also talked about how he has been supporting and patronizing politicians for more than 20 years, including Dapo Abiodun, the Governor of Osun State, whom he referred to as “eleyi” (This One) and declared that “emi lokan” (it is my turn). Suggesting that it is time for them to support him too.
APC N100m Tag Price for Expression of Interest and Nomination Form for Presidential Candidate
On Wednesday 20 April, the ruling party announced the price of its presidential candidate nomination and expression of interest form at 100 million naira at an event attended by President Buhari.
The announcement shocked many Nigerians and was met with criticism. However, political pundits have said that the APC forms have always been the highest since their appearance in 2015.
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APC Special Convention and Presidential Primaries
The ruling party’s special convention and its presidential primary election is a political event in 2022 that looked like a general election as many Nigerians are awake and eager to see the final result.
One of the striking moments of the event is the viral video of an elderly woman, Alhaja Shifau Ayinla Alanamu, who stayed up all night doing tasbih (a form of Islamic prayer) for Tinubu to emerge as the APC candidate.
Although it appeared that Alanamu’s granddaughter posted the video on social media to make fun of the grandmother, it turned out to be a blessing as she was one of the people the APC candidate met after winning the party ticket.
PDP presidential primaries
The presidential primary of the opposition leader, the PDP, has been another political event in 2022 that dominated the political space of the country.
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The fallout from the primaries polarized the party, making its national president, Iyorchia Ayu, the most controversial politician in 2023, while Nyesom Wike and 4 other governors vowed not to support Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate until Ayu resigns. .
Wike media table
One of the biggest political events in 2022 is Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike’s media chat in September where he talked about how Ayu worked against him during the PDP primary and made some corruption allegations against the president. of the PDP.
The media talk, which lasted for more than an hour, became a major event as it shed more light on why some DPP governors have refused to support Atiku Abubakar, the party’s presidential candidate.
Peter Obi joins the Labor Party (LP)
In his quest to achieve his presidential ambition, Peter Obi, a former PDP vice-presidential candidate in the 2019 election, left the leading opposition to join the Labor Party, and this made a statement in Nigerian politics.
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Although the Labor Party is criticized for being a party without structure, the emergence of Obi as their presidential candidate has turned the party into the third force that Nigerians seem to yearn for.
Kwankwaso formed NNPP
The formation of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) by former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso is another political event that cannot be overridden in the 2023 political events.
Kwankwaso was a two-term governor and a PDP minister, but like Peter Obi and others who failed to secure the party’s presidential bid, they left the main opposition.
AriseTV Town Hall Meeting
One of the political events that shaped 2022 in Nigeria is the AriseTV presidential town hall meeting, where presidential candidates and their allies met and practically attacked each other.
Although APC presidential candidate Bola Tinubu and his PDP counterpart Atiku Abubakar were absent from the first set of town hall meetings, Kwankwaso, Obi and Atiku’s running mate Ifeanyi Okowa were present.
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One cannot miss the clash between Obi and Senator Dino Melaye, a member of the PDP team at the meeting, as well as Okowa’s shutting down of the LP and NNPP candidates for being PDP members before leaving the party for his presidential aspirations.
Choice of Ekiti and Osun
The gubernatorial elections in Osun and Ekiti states are significant political events in 2023 that presented a blueprint for the 2023 elections in Nigeria.
Although the APC retained Ekiti in the elections, they lost to the PDP in Osun. The elections in the two states have been declared free and fair.