January 27, 2023



2023: Between the previous brigade and the brand new breed, who wins the race?

DONALD IORCHIR writes on the presidential candidates and operating mates of the main political events and notes that Labour Get together (LP), a hitherto unknown platform, has assumed a bigger than life picture due to the nomination of Peter Obi/Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed

Because the 2023 elections collect momentum, Nigerians have been making evaluation of all presidential candidates and their events based mostly on their efficiency information whether or not they are often supported or not. 

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has fielded the nationwide chief, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Alhaji Kashim Shettima as presidential candidate and operating mate, respectively. In addition to controversies surrounding the particular person of Tinubu, the Muslim-Muslim ticket remains to be producing combined reactions from throughout the nation. 

For the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP), it’s Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and his operating mate Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state. Nevertheless, the southern Nigeria feels that Atiku has breached the rotation precept of the occasion and usurped the presidential race.

The New Nigeria’s Peoples Get together (NNPP), a seemingly new occasion has former governor of Kano state, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and his operating mate Bishop Ben Idahosa. However analysts dismiss the pair as a result of extant two time period eight years of President Muhammadu Buhari which has consigned their candidacy to obscurity. Most analyst really feel that Kwankwaso is within the race to win Kano and different neighbouring states sympathetic to his course.

The Labour Get together (LP) has fielded former Anambra state governor, Mr Peter Obi and an educationists par excellence, Dr Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed. 

The sensation pervading the Nigerian panorama because the 2023 attracts nearer is that whereas assessing these politicians and their political antecedents, the residents who’re seemingly extra politically acutely aware  and wiser now, “would have a rethink and solid their votes in opposition to the forces which have militated development and growth” of the nation.

A cross part of those that volunteered their opinions to our correspondent gave the impression to be saying that from all indications, the LP candidate and his operating mate had been extra outfitted and greatest suited to job to guide the nation out of the doldrum amongst different presidential hopefuls and their operating mates.

Some respondents communicate 

To Mr Kunle Awoniyi, a media practitioner, “Peter Obi has many qualities over all of the candidates. He’s apparently youthful than Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar. When it comes to teachers, obtainable information present he’s extra educated than them. He’s youth-friendly and visionary. 

“His concepts of a greater Nigeria resonates with the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians, significantly, the youth. In truth his resume factors to the truth that he’s higher certified to guide this nation higher than different the presidential candidates. 

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“His efficiency information communicate volumes of his competence. He’s profitable in teachers, private and non-private service and in enterprise. In politics, his sojourn as a governor is incomparable and his best asset as a result of he’s examined and trusted past measure.”

“Equally, his operating mate, Dr Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed will not be solely an educationist, however a proprietor of a full pledge non-public college, which is adjudged as top-of-the-line within the nation. His huge credentials has confirmed his mettle and competence to guide, Awoniyi mentioned.

Barrister Musa Lawal a lawyer mentioned “Within the 2023 presidential contest, the youths being vanguard in any wrestle, have realised the neglect, utilization and manipulation by the elite or the ruling class. 

“The ability elite on this nation have been utilizing them (youth) for his or her parochial motives and pursuits, particularly, throughout elections and after the second it’s over, the youth are deserted to their destiny. 

“Quite a lot of them are changed into political thugs, amongst whom some graduated to turn out to be hardened criminals, insurgents and bandits – an intractable safety problem that bedevilled the Northern area, and already spilling over to the entire nation.”

Lawal mentioned “having understood this ugly development, hundreds of youths have made up their minds to assist LP’s presidential candidates within the forthcoming 2023 elections. Already, numerous alliances are forming alongside that line of pondering and concrete motion.”

Commenting on the selection of Dr Datti Baba-Ahmed as operating mate, Barrister Lawal mentioned it’ is a sworn statement to Obi’s imaginative and prescient and mission for younger, agile, wholesome wanting and academically sound particular person, armed with higher imaginative and prescient and mission for  this nation.

“Collectively, they’re ever able to salvage this nation from the cocoons of poverty, hopelessness, ignorance, disunity and culpable corruption, in order that the nation may have a greater future that’s citizens-friendly. 

One other respondent Architect Nicholas Otu mentioned “In lots of quarters, there’s a profound perception that the likes of Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar couldn’t assist this nation out of its woods. 

“In truth, they’re a part of the issue that afflicts Nigeria. Nigerians are saying it how of their conversations. So, why ought to they be voted into workplace in 2023?

“With out concern of contradiction, Peter Obi of the LP is extra bodily match, intellectually endowed, and inside the required age bracket, imbued with requisite knowledge and data to show this nation round and carry the teeming  youth alongside within the nationwide salvation journey. It isn’t a matter of sentiments.”

LP and non construction query 

On the prevailing argument that LP will not be a giant political occasion, Otu mentioned,  “sure, however will not be a brand new political occasion both. It has been round on this political dispensation with some elected members of the Assemblies at state and nationwide ranges, and at the very least one governor, Olusegun Mimiko. The declaration of Obi has given it one other impetus within the nationwide events equation.

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“They (Obi and Baba-Ahmed) are bodily match, vibrant, energetic and youthful-looking. Their brains and physiques are okay for the wear and tear and tear of the presidency. In truth, to be a president, one have to be wholesome, intellectually sound, emotional secure to succeed.

“It’s not a straightforward job. Obi and Baba-Ahmed have all these qualities and plenty of extra. The opposite candidates have already aged and bodily lame. So, it’s exhausting duty that requires medium age, psychological, bodily and emotional energies that Obi/Baba-Ahmed have.”

The neglect of youth 

A public affairs analyst Lateef Tijani suggested: “The voters, significantly, the youth, who’ve been an excessive amount of uncared for ought to put their potentials at work, change their mindsets and assist Obi/Baba-Ahmed candidacy within the LP. They need to ignore the APC and PDP as a result of they aren’t the nation’s options. They don’t seem to be, actually.

“Now we have divergent faiths. Had God willed it, all creations would have been the identical. However there’s knowledge in our distinction, and that’s what God desires”, he mentioned. 

Barrister Mustapha Umar famous that “the difficulty of faith is private, however politically, we’re on the lookout for somebody who’s going to guide us regardless of his faith, area or tribe. Now we have elected our personal, President Buhari. 

“What has he achieved to vary our lives? Nothing. In truth, to many Northern youths, Buhari is the worst chief who made nonsense of the economic system and didn’t proper the wrongs of the previous. 

“The identical Buhari unleashed barrage of criticisms and insults on previous presidents, as if he’s a messiah. 

Management devoid of faith, ethnic bias

Babangida Kakaki of the Ballpoint Newsmagazine whereas commenting on this growth mentioned the difficulty of management is devoid of non secular religion or tribal identification. It’s based mostly on competence, capability, psychological and bodily energy. 

“We should always not permit anybody to deceive us utilizing religions in politics. By no means. Faith is between one and his creator. Even God within the Holy Quran has mentioned, “He offers energy to whomsoever he needs on the time he needs.” He didn’t say to solely a Muslim. Now, Buhari is a Muslm northerner. 

“What has northern Muslims benefitted from his management? Inform me, if you already know. God offers energy to all – Christian’s, Muslims, atheists and whoever. The yardsticks to measure is justice, honesty, service to the individuals, safety of residents’ honour and their wealth. These are the attributes of a pacesetter this nation desires regardless of his religion,  the place he comes from or ethnicity,” Kakaki said.

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Christian Umoren said that “the 2023 presidential ballot is in regards to the nation’s future. It’s a perception and complete conviction in our democratic journey. A silly man, it’s mentioned, is somebody who see the reality, however refuses to simply accept it.

“One factor that Nigerian need to know is that, it’s not futile for somebody to vote for a candidate he believed in even when he’s going to lose an election, however voting a nasty and incompetent candidate even when he going to win election is the worst factor. And that is the fantastic thing about democracy and by extension, the fantastic thing about life. Folks might need completely different shades of opinions. 

“What’s the purpose in becoming a member of the group simply due to its quantity, whereas one is aware of and satisfied he’s  on the mistaken path? What’s the purpose? So, individuals are satisfied that, Obi/Baba-Ahmed candidature is the perfect and supportable to all patriotic Nigerians, particularly the youths irrespective of non secular, tribal or regional concerns.

“Completely, there’s a certainty the North would prosper higher below Peter Obi greater than it did, below Buhati APC led administration. The variety of important tasks within the North which has been uncared for and ignored by Buhari administration might be executed by LP’s presidential candidate and extra.”

What occurred throughout the Jonathan administration? 

Alhaji Abdullahi Yusuf, a farmer mentioned:  “Folks will are inclined to agree with me if I mentioned, the file performances of Jonathan administration within the North are higher than Buhari administration’s. So, by and huge, northern individuals are typically higher off if somebody from the South is ruling this nation. The information are there.

What I’m saying in a nutshell is “higher certified individuals ought to lead this nation in 2023 and  somebody not too previous – at the very least 50 – 60 years. The issue is we are inclined to depend on rumour as a substitute of us to make analysis on points and personalities. One should do a analysis to seek out out. 

“Even when one goes right into a enterprise with somebody, one must know the type of particular person he’s coping with, not to mention somebody whom we’re going to give up our lives and future to. It’s a responsibility incumbent Nigerians of all callings to understudy Obi/Baba-Ahmed resume with a view to know them for assist.”