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2023: It’s Tinubu vs. Atiku

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2023: It’s Tinubu vs. Atiku

2023: It’s Tinubu vs. Atiku.

Now, the die is cast as the two major political parties are set for the February 2023 presidential election. Following May28 primary election held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a veteran of such contest won with a little more than 50 per cent of the votes, while Governor Nyesom Wike was second. Atiku polled 371 votes to the Rivers State governor’s 237. Former Senate President Bukola Saraki was a distant third. The other nine aspirants did not poll significant votes, thus paving the way for the emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as a formidable flag bearer.

Focus then shifted to the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) where former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had indicated his interest in bidding for the office. When asked why he was dumping the long held position of a king maker for an aspirant in this race, Tinubu said he had the right to change his mind, while also disclosing that it had been his life-long ambition. It was a hint that he would fiercely contest in the shadow election.

Only yesterday, the result of the election that started on Monday was released and Tinubu won with a landslide. He crushed opposition from Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Professor of Law. Osinbajo was a distant third, while former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, was second. Neither returned any significant votes, as Asiwaju Tinubu received the endorsement of 1, 271 delegates to Amaechi’s 316 and Osinbajo’s 235.

Nigeria’s political history shows that the people have always gravitated towards a two-party system as is the case in many other democracies. In the First Republic when political parties had their roots mainly in the regions of their founders, thus having the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC) in the North, the National Convention of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC) in the East and the Action Group (AG) in the West, within two years, there had been a realignment of forces with two major alliances emerging. A splinter group of the AG in the West, the Ladoke Akintola-led Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP) teamed up with the NPC to form a Nigerian National Alliance (NNA). The NCNC and AG also sought a working alliance by forming the United Progressives Grand Alliance. Thus, the first post-independence federal election held in 1964 was fought on the two platforms.

The situation was not much different in the Second Republic when the Federal Electoral Commission (FEDECO) headed by Mr. Patrick Ani registered five political parties- the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP), Great Nigeria Peoples Party (GNPP) and Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Before the Republic was inaugurated, there had been an understanding to coalesce into two broad alliances, that is the Progressive Parties Alliance versus the NPN. Even when the PPA broke down, the NPP went into a coalition with the NPN in order to form the government, while the other three parties continued to have a working alliance, especially in the National Assembly. In the Third Republic, it was a more natural two-party system as the Ibrahim Babangida military administration simply decreed two parties, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the National Republican Party (NRP) into being.

Since the inception of the Fourth Republic, elections have been contested on two-party basis. In 1999, even though three parties were registered, the All Peoples Party (APP) went into a working alliance with the Alliance for Democracy (AD) before the presidential election, against the more formidable PDP) that obviously enjoyed the support of the military establishment. Since 2014 when the All Progressives Congress (APC) was formed by four legacy political parties, it has gained strength and taken over governance structure from PDP that had boasted it would hold on to power for at least 60 years.

President Buhari whose tenure runs out next year has been the only elected on the APC platform. The 2023 election is therefore a transition poll, Can the APC survive? Would the centre hold for the various groups that formed the party? Is it any more organic today than it was in 2015 when it won that year’s election? And, what does the fact that Bola Tinubu has to square up against Atiku Abubakar mean for the two men, their political platforms and the nation?

Both men are battle tested, Tinubu who won the election to emerge the first Fourth Republic Lagos State governor, has shown that he is dogged and doughty. He has always had it rough, but won every political contest. Before he could be allowed to fly the AD flag in 1999, he fought a grim battle not only against Mr. Funsho Williams, but a powerful cabal in the party. He triumphed. In office, issues were raised about his educational qualification and age. He defeated his traducers. The PDP-controlled Federal Government seized revenue due the state’s 20 local government councils. The battle was taken to the judiciary and President Obasanjo was ordered to release the funds, Despite refusing the judicial decision, the state government, due to the governor’s ingenuity, could not be crippled.

Tinubu had since established himself as a political machine in Lagos. South West states that did not confront so great a challenge as Lagos State crumbled under the weight of political trickery and poll manipulation in 2003. That was when the former governor was named the Last Man Standing and he acquitted himself well in building the house again, reclaiming the region at the next election. The credit for putting the APC together goes largely to him. After attempting to do so without success before the 2011 election, he succeeded in pooling the allies in four years later. The result was the electoral victory of 2015 and 2019.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is equally a fighter. He got initiated into partisan politics after he left the Nigeria Customs Service in 1989. He was a pillar of the Peoples Front of Nigeria that was made to merge with the Peoples Solidarity Party to form the Social Democratic Party. He joined forces with Alhaji Babagana Kingibe who was made the party’s first National Chairman and the father figure, Major General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua to give life to the SDP before the June 12, 1993 presidential election. He had locked horns with Chief Moshood Abiola and Kingibe for that party’s ticket at the Jos convention. Abiola won and eventually picked Kingibe as his running mate. Since then, he has left no one in doubt that his ultimate ambition is to be Nigeria’s President.

Alhaji Abubakar was picked as running mate to President Obasanjo in 1999 and subsequently became the Vice President. Within four years, the duo had fallen apart. Insiders say the Vice President would have defeated his boss had he not withdrawn from the 2003 contest at the last minute. He crossed over to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to contest the year’s election since the President had firm grip of the party structure. All attempts to get him to leave office before the election failed as he defeated President Obasanjo and the PDP in court. He won barely a little more than 2 million votes to PDP’s Umaru Yar’Adua’s 24 million and Muhammadu Buhari of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) who polled 6.6 million votes. He also contested in 2011, attempted to be the APC’s candidate for the 2015 poll and then moved back to the PDP on whose platform he contested against Buhari as incumbent candidate in 2019.

Both Atiku and Tinubu are no strangers to each other. Indeed, they are political allies, as Tinubu was elected to the Senate in 1992 on the platform of the SDP, a staunch member of the PFN tendency he was, while Atiku was running for President. It was therefore no surprise that Tinubu was swift in congratulating the former Vice President when he won the PDP ticket last week. And, no sooner was Tinubu declared candidate of the APC, Atiku rejoiced with him. How would the two allies turned contenders for the same office tackle each other in the run up to the election? We should expect fireworks from the two septuagenarians. Tinubu has always been a progressive, while Atiku has moved round platforms to realise his ambition.

Both men are known to have heavy war chests. It would be interesting as both deploy their material, financial and strategic resources to fight what could prove to be a tough battle

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Tems, Wizkid bag wins at BET Awards 2022 (Full list of winners)

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Nigerian music superstars, Tems and Wizkid bagged impressive wins at the recently concluded Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards ceremony on Monday, June 27.

On the eventful night that took place at the Microsoft Theatre, Los Angeles, Tems whose real name is Temilade Openiyi went home with two awards.

First, Tems and Wizkid alongside Canadian recording artiste, Justin Bieber received an award for ‘Best Collaboration’ for the song, ‘Essence’; with the win, ‘Essence’ has emerged as the first African song to win a BET award and Wizkid becomes the first Nigerian and African to win an Award outside the Best International Acts category.

Moments later, Tems, emerged as the winner of the Best International Act.

The Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer was nominated with other talented acts such as Fireboy, Dave from the UK, Dinos from France, Fally Ipupa from Congo, Little Simz from the UK, Ludmilla from Brazil, Major League Djz from South Africa, and Tayc from France.

Tems also made history at the 2022 BET awards when she became the first African female to win the Best International Category.

With her win at the 2022 BET awards, Tems joins Ice Prince, Wizkid, Davido, and Burna Boy as Nigerians who have won the BET Awards.

Watch the moment she received her award below.

In addition to the usual honors, Diddy was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He joins Whitney Houston, Prince, Queen Latifah, Anita Baker, Mary J. Blige, Samuel Jackson, and many more in receiving the honor.

Check out the full list of winners below.

BEST FEMALE R&B/POP ARTIST

Jazmine Sullivan — WINNER

BEST MALE R&B/POP ARTIST

The Weeknd – WINNER

BEST GROUP


Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak) – WINNER

BEST COLLABORATION

Wizkid f. Justin Bieber & Tems – “Essence” – WINNER

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

Megan Thee Stallion – WINNER

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST

Kendrick Lamar – WINNER

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – “Smokin Out The Window” – WINNER

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

Anderson .Paak – WINNER

BEST NEW ARTIST

Latto — WINNER

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak) – An Evening with Silk Sonic – WINNER

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

Lil Baby X Kirk Franklin – “We Win” – WINNER

BET HER

Mary J. Blige – “Good Morning Gorgeous” – WINNER

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

Tems (Nigeria) – WINNER

BEST MOVIE

King Richard – WINNER

BEST ACTOR

Will Smith – “King Richard” – WINNER

BEST ACTRESS

Zendaya – “Euphoria” / “Spider-Man: No Way Home” – WINNER

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

Marsai Martin — WINNER

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Naomi Osaka – WINNER

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Stephen Curry – WINNER

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BREAKING: Justice Tanko Muhammad Resigns As CJN

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BREAKING: Justice Tanko Muhammad Resigns As CJN

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad, has resigned, Channels Television learned on Monday.

Sources told Channels Television that Justice Muhammad resigned on Sunday night, citing ill-health as the reason for his decision.

Information also has it that arrangements are ongoing to swear in the next most senior justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, as the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria.

According to reports, a formal announcement will be made shortly.

Until his resignation, reports had it that Justice Muhammad was seriously ill.

Last week, 14 justices of the Supreme Court had written him a letter to lament the decrepit state of affairs in the apex court.

In the leaked letter, the Justices accused the CJN of refusing to address the issues despite drawing his attention to them.

They complained of a lack of residential accommodation and vehicles at the court.

The justices further accused the CJN of gallivanting with his “spouse, children and personal staff,” while not allowing them to travel with an assistant on foreign trips.

The justices decried the lack of legal research assistants, despite the magnitude of cases being adjudicated.

On erratic electricity supply, the justices said they have been confined to work between the “hours of 8 a.m and 4 p.m daily, for lack of diesel,” after they were notified of the development by the Supreme Court’s Chief Registrar, Hajo Bello.

Meanwhile, Justice Tanko Muhammed did not attend the opening of the training for Judges on Alternative Dispute Resolution organized by the National Judicial Institute, amidst reports of resignation.

Although no Supreme Court Justice is present at the event.

Training of Judges by the Institute is usually declared open by the CJN or any of his representatives. however, the Administrator of the Institute, Justice Garba has opened the session.

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2023: I’m Still Searching For My Running Mate – Tinubu

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2023: I’m Still Searching For My Running Mate – Tinubu

Ahead of the 2023 general election, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, on Sunday said he is still searching for his running mate.

He stated this in Abuja while delivering his keynote address at the 60th birthday celebration of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila. The ex-Lagos Governor also heaped praises on the Speaker for his contributions to his political ambition of becoming Nigeria’s President and democracy, while extolling the virtues of his Deputy, Hon Idris Wase, for being a dependable ally.

“I could see a Deputy (Wase) sitting down there too, you are very good symbols of unity, dependability, and honesty, thank you. Thank you for both of you, you’ve not rocked the boat. I will need to learn from both of you, how you made the pair work because I’m still searching for my running mate,” Tinubu said.

“What you did during my primary (APC presidential election) is a story for another day. I’ve spent more time, too many times and people might be bored, they might be envious too, they might be jealous. I won a landslide, I thank you.

“Femi, with your determination, and reach, you are a contributor to our democratic growth, thank you. It is about charting a path to success, you’ve done a good job and I say thank you, thank you.”

Also speaking, President Muhammadu Buhari described Gbajabiamila as a team player and a skillful parliamentarian.

A file photo of APC preisdential candidate, Bola Tinubu.

Buhari, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, said the Speaker is one who looks beyond differences for the benefit of all.

“For him what matters is not so much the party differences but what unites Nigerians and that is why he is a passionate advocate for a peaceful democracy and unity of Nigeria. And no amount of parliamentary maneuvers or differences between parties would deviate him from this,” he said.

“He introduced the term legislative diplomacy. When there were issues between Nigerian and Ghanaian traders, he went to Accra and met with his colleagues and tried to resolve the issue.

“Mr President is very proud of the fact that he did not need to interfere in how the National Assembly runs because he had trust in the capacity in the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives and therefore he feels that with capable hands in both chambers of the NASS there is no need to interfere.

“It is also a fact that under the Speaker and leader of the Senate, there is no automatic opposition and antagonism to the executive. The role of the legislature is not to be antagonistic as a matter of routine, but to be partners for good governance for the people of Nigeria. They are working together to make Nigeria better.”

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