Nigerians have expressed mixed reactions to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s declaration of interest to vie for the 2023 presidency.
Tinubu, on Monday told newsmen that he had told President Muhammadu Buhari of his intention to contest the 2023 presidency.
Reactions have been pouring in since he made his interest known. Many have expressed disgust, while others supported his ambition on social media.
A Facebook user, OgooJesus Geoffrey said “You’re no longer healthy and strong to run the affairs of Nigeria, even when you have retired from handling your personal business, you want to contest for president so that the same presidency will continue running the country and keep borrowing until the future of 20th generation is mortgaged. Fear God a little.”
Nwaokenneya Peter reacted: “Oga you better go and sit down and stop wasting your time, Nigeria no longer need old and sick people like you. We need a young dynamic and vibrant President that will be active enough to tackle Nigerian problems. We are tired of sick people ruling us.”
As for Youngest Dickson, “Oga Tinubu no need to inform we de youths. We don’t need it. Kindly keep your intentions to yourself. If you are supposed to be a civil servant, aren’t you supposed be in your pension…70yrs old man.”
Yomi Oludimu supported Tinubu’s presidential ambition, saying “Mad people would use vile mouths to caricature such a great candidate!”
“Victory is the name of the King,” a Facebook user by the name Majesty’s King said.
Prince Horlawoyin Yusuf Ado said “Jagaban said and I quote .”me I want to pursue my ambition…. In your mandate Bola, On your mandate, We shall stand …..”
As for Fredrick Preye, “Anything is possible in Nigeria. I will not waste my time. Let’s just hope for rapture to take place. Nigeria situation alone is enough for Jesus to come back.”
Yuxuph Oladimeji said: “More than qualify, we are ready to support your mandate sir anybody wey no like u …. Make them present their father.”
Loveth Nkasi reacted: You people should leave our country for us , the youth are capable of handling the affairs of this Nation.”
“Are we even cursed by having deteriorated brain leaders? Tinubu is just the opposite of Buhari. And that is fifteen times moving backward,” Eweola Ayodele reacted.
Alozie B Alozie said: “Tinubu is more intelligent, innovative and accommodating than Buhari, but the issue is that age isn’t on his side. if he’s got the interest of Nigeria at heart, he should quit active politics & support a younger & vibrant person
“Nigerian leaders keep praising late Nelson Mandela but none of them can make the kind of sacrifices he made, he just led South Africa for a single tenure & retired from active politics till he died.
“Nigerian leaders irrespective of their political parties, tribe and religion have nothing to show after many years of independence. Each election year, they make empty promises yet once they win, they start blaming their predecessors.”
In his reaction, Nsima Ekong, stated that “IBB didn’t build Aso Rock as old people’s home. Stay at your Bourdillon road house. We don’t need another medical tourist president.”
Ayantoye Tajudeen was elated that Tinubu signified his interest for the presidency, saying: “So come and join the moving train be part of history.”
Shally Roy Ajoro simply said: “Wow see my President,” while Hormoba Olofinyokun Abdul-rasaq added: “Always for you mentor.”
Tunde Kusimo said: “JAGABAN of Africa, election isn’t run on social media; it is on d field, solidly behind you, a visionary leader, time will tell, put up your thinking cap.”
Bestman Nwovueze added: “If this happen I will change my nationality. Affliction shall not rise for the second time.
We love all our fathers but please can we give youths a chance?”
Alfred Imbeah stated: “I’m sorry for Nigeria if such a person wants to lead such a great nation. We trying to get rid of these old ancestors in Africa from the political scene. As if Buhari hasn’t done enough damage. He wanna come compound afflictions of the youth. Jah will never give a power to a Baldhead, run com crucify little dread. Time alone, time will tell.”
Kelcy Ogwutum said: “We reject you in Jesus name!!! Not again!! We do not want someone like you!. Go and rest oga.”
Mfon Ifeanyichukwu said: “Sir l beg you in the name of this God of heaven, have mercy on Nigerians, pity us for God sake, we have suffer enough ,even your tribes have suffer, you brought this man bubu and you have seen the result, please baba we don’t need grand pa again, enough of this if. It is a course for grand pa to be president in Nigeria l stand.in Jesus name and break it, please with due respect go and sit down, we need vibrant youth that fear God. Biko!”
Kidnapped Plateau monarch freed, troops arrest two suspects
A traditional ruler in Plateau State, Da Gyang Balak, who was kidnapped by gunmen, has been rescued by troops of .
had reported that Balak, who is the paramount ruler of Vwang District in the Jos South Local Government Area of the state, was abducted on Sunday while driving home close to the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
It was learnt that the kidnapped monarch was freed on Monday night.
The Military Information Officer of Major Ishaku Takwa, confirmed the release of the traditional ruler in a statement on Tuesday.
Takwa said, “Immediately the incident was reported, the Commander, Operation Safe Haven, Major General Ibrahim Ali, placed the troops of Sector 6 deployed in Riyom on red alert to go on hot trail of the perpetrators.
“Consequently, the troops, in conjunction with other security agencies, vigilance groups and hunters, conducted clearance operation in the mountainous region of Sabon Gida Kanal, Gero and Dahol general areas. Two suspects were arrested at an abandoned building during the operation.
“This development led to the release of the paramount ruler by his abductors. He has been reunited with his family.”
We’ll forward amended Electoral Act bill to Buhari this week – Lawan
Eniola Akinkuotu, Friday Olokor and Leke Baiyewu
The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, has expressed hope that the National Assembly will pass the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday (today) and present it to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for assent this week.
Lawan disclosed this in an interview with State House correspondents on Monday after a meeting with the President at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
He, however, said that if the “cleaning process” took more than a day to complete, then it would be represented to Buhari early next week.
He said, “By the grace of God, tomorrow both chambers, the Senate and the House of Representatives, will pass the bill. And I hope that by the end of the week, the bill could be brought back to Mr President for his assent.
“I hope that but one thing I’m sure by the grace of God is we are passing the bill, the Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2010, tomorrow, Wednesday in both chambers, and we are happy that at the end of the day, we have been able to narrow down our differences and arrive at the very patriotic resolution that our country must have a new electoral law that will guide the 2023 general elections in the country, and Nigeria would have everything to benefit from this law.
“And for us in the 9th Assembly, the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is one of the primary legislative agenda that we wanted to deal with in the 9th National Assembly, and to the glory of God Almighty Allah by tomorrow (Wednesday), we will be able to pass that bill for Mr President to consent to it.
“I hope that the cleaning process will not take more than a day. But if it does, then it has to be early next week. But I’m very optimistic that there is not much to clean up because normally, when we pass a bill like this, it goes to the legislative drafting unit of the National Assembly.”
Earlier, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, specifically said on Tuesday that the electoral bill, from which the President withdrew assent, would be reworked and passed on Wednesday, and subsequently resent to the President.
“I remain convinced that the proposal for direct primary elections is valuable for building accountability in our political system. But we must not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good.
“Therefore, the House will reintroduce the amendment this tomorrow (Wednesday). And we will work quickly to address the mitigating concerns, pass the bill and send it back to His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari for assent,” Gbajabiamila said.
Buhari had vetoed the electoral bill over the restriction of political parties to direct primary, insisting on the direct, indirect and consensus options.
Both the Senate and the House of Representatives had suspended action on the bill till resumption on Tuesday, after the Christmas and New Year break.
Gbajabiamila, in his opening address, restated the benefits of restricting political parties to direct primary while criticising the parties for lacking comprehensive membership registers.
According to him, a strict direct primary option would have forced the parties to have a documented register.
He partly said, “Unfortunately, that bill did not receive presidential assent, and it is unlikely that it will in its current form. Now, we have to choose between sticking to our guns regarding the provision to mandate direct primary elections for political parties or reworking that provision to save the rest of the bill.
“Now let it be clear to all that our only objective in introducing that provision was to strengthen the foundations of our democracy so that it works for all of our nation’s people. The process by which political parties nominate candidates for election is essential, perhaps even just as important as the general election itself.
“A primary nomination process that deprives the majority of party members of the opportunity to choose who represents them in the general elections is susceptible to bad outcomes and ought to be fixed.”
The Speaker noted the argument by some Nigerians that political parties do not have proper registers of their members, which was a reason to reject the direct primary option.
“Nonetheless, it is disappointing that the failure of political parties to adequately document their membership is being used to not give the Nigerian people the power to fully participate in our nation’s politics,” said Gbajabiamila.
Gbajabiamila also decried the errors said to have been discovered in the bill, noting that the version transmitted to the President was different that the one being scrutinised by the public.
The Speaker said he had, however, set up a technical committee to review the legislation which is expected to report back by Thursday.
Gbajabiamila subsequently called for an executive (closed-door) session which lasted about 20 minutes.
The Senate, however, held its executive session before plenary.
Emerging from the session, Lawan said, “The Senate postponed discussions on the consideration and response of Mr President on the Electoral Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill to enable us to consult with our counterparts in the House of Representatives and consult our constituents.”
Electoral Amendment bill:
In a related development, INEC has said the passage of the contentious Electoral Act Amendment Bill will determine its preparation for the 2023 polls.
Yakubu bared his mind in Abuja during the first quarterly meeting of INEC with political parties in 2022.
According to him, the commission is looking forward to the speedy passage of the bill.
He said that the commission would release the timetable for 2023 elections immediately the President signs the bill.
“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.
“We look forward to a speedy passage of the bill, which is crucial to our preparations for future elections. As soon as it is signed into law, the commission will quickly release the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2023 general elections based on the new law”, Yakubu said.
The INEC chairman said 2022 would be a very busy year for the commission and the political parties, with the 2023 general election just 396 days away, adding that all the critical preparations must be concluded this year.
On the Continuous Voter Registration, Yakubu said that as at Monday January 17 a total of 8,260,076 eligible Nigerians commenced the online pre-registration, completed the registration physically or applied for transfer to new voting locations, replacement of their Permanent Voters’ Cards or updated their voter information records as required by law.