2023: Political actors throw themselves before the elections

Times are becoming precarious, nature is growing and stakes are getting bigger as political actors are constantly coming to the brink ahead of the 2023 general elections.

About 2 years before the end, political actors, especially those who looked at one or the other office, either directly or through a proxy, became very visible, especially in the media, acting and speaking.

DAILY LENT presents some of the latest outbursts by the country’s leading political leaders.

Fani-Kayode’s ‘Stinky’ Letter to Tinubu

In a diatribe that many Nigerians considered too assertive and utterly predictive, Fani-Kayode pointed to the national leader of the ruling Congress of All Progressives (APC), Asiwaju Ahmed Bol Tinubu, that he cannot be president, apparently in connection with rumors of presidential ambitions. former governor of the state of Lagos.

In a lengthy open letter to Tinubu dated February 4, 2021, Fani-Kayode wrote, “Simply put, you betrayed and sold EVERYTHING and EVERYTHING in Nigeria just to feed and satisfy your psychotic obsession and compulsive ambition.

“Like the Greek Icarus, you too flew too high and too close to the sun with your waxy wings, inflated and warmed by your arrogance and pride, and now you will meet your enemy. The spiritual wound inflicted on you is irreversible and final and there is no return.

“The dark clouds that lie in front of you are thick, ugly, frightening, violent and impassable: you can’t safely pass them or survive them. Enemies have dug a pit for you and you have already fallen into it.

“They finally stripped you naked, grabbed your eggs and took everything away from you.

“You have lost your mystique, honor, fame, self-esteem, following, power, pride, reputation and much more. You have also lost control of the political party you conceived, founded, nurtured and built. APC was your baby and now they have taken it from you and are ready to kill it.

“They deceived you, used you, threw you away and humiliated you, and now they will expose you, bother you, slander you, break you, crucify you, investigate you and break you completely.

“You dreamed of being vice president in 2015 and you didn’t succeed. You dream of being president in 2023 and you won’t succeed. “

Although Fani-Kayoda’s letter provoked reactions from Tinubu supporters online, none of his close associates or Tinubu himself considered it appropriate to respond to the former minister, who may have become a thorn in the side of many.

Bala Mohammed, Ortom War of the Word

In the current political shadowing in the country, Governor Balo Mohammed and his colleague from the state of Benue, it seems that Samuel Ortom has attracted the attention of most Nigerians. This is understandable, however, as their conflict and war of words is based primarily on a series of insecurities in the country, especially as far as Fulani herders are accused of many atrocities in several parts of the country.

Firing the first bullet, Mohammed, in a viral comment most strongly condemned for defending armed cattle breeders, called Governor Ortom for dealing with a pastoral / agricultural crisis in his state, accusing him of criminalizing the entire Fulani race. He also accused him of pushing the crisis to the level it is.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Bauchi Nigeria State Council Correspondence Week Press Week of the Union of Journalists (NUJ) in 2021, Mohammed said: “In the clashes of livestock and farmers you saw what our colleagues from the southwest and some of them in the southeast saw.

“Some of us told them with all modesty and humility: you are mistaken.

“But the person who makes the most mistakes is the governor of the state of Benue, my brother and my colleague, the governor (Samuel) Ortom. It all started. “

Surprised by the way Mohammed called him while seemingly justifying the actions of cattle breeders, Ortom, also known for not hiding his feelings, called on Nigerians to hold the Bauchi governor responsible if something happened to him or his family while labeling him a terrorist. .

Ortom said: “I want to think that, with what he said and what the shepherds wrote to me and said they would assassinate me, and Bala Mohammed, with what he said.

“And if anything happens to me, I don’t want anyone to doubt Bala Mohammed should be held accountable, especially for his last week after his condemnatory remarks about Fulani carrying an AK-47 and living anywhere in Nigeria. ”

Rotimi Akeredolu o Bala Mohammedu

Still on Governor Balau Mohammed, Governor of the State of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu did not miss the opportunity to take his own kilo of meat after Mohammed condemned his order that shepherds occupying the state’s forest reserves should leave.

In a statement by one of his media aides, Olabode Olabode, he said: “The position of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, is not to hire or confront anyone who has thoughts of a crisis entrepreneur or war instigator. Very provocative and insensitive as the statement emerges, we can only err in cautiously advising Governor Balo Mohammed not to set Nigeria on fire with his thoughts which are very destructive and undermine national cohesion.

“Nigerians should ignore it and prefer to focus on those issues that can lead to peace and the birth of unity.”

Lai Mohammed vs Yekini Nabena

If there is any conflict other than Fani-Kayode’s letter to Tinubu that speaks directly to the heart of the 2023 election, it was a letter from Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed and APC Deputy Secretary of State for Promotion Yekini Nabena.

DAILY POST reported that the minister requested the cancellation of an exercise to validate APC membership in his home state of Kwara on the grounds that the exercise did not follow the prescribed regulations. Nabena, responding to Mohammed’s request, advised him not only to undergo the exercise, but also to submit to the authority of State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.

Encouraged by Nabena’s remarks, Mohammed described him as a fraud, alluding to the fact that he had falsely paraded as a party spokesman.

Annoyed by Mohammed’s shading, Nabena clung to the minister, describing him and his supporters, including those who carry titles that are foreign alliances as spent forces.

Accusing the minister as one of the biggest problems facing the administration of Muhammad Bukhari, Nabena said: “Time has left Lai Mohammed behind and he cannot keep up with the times.

“Lai Mohammed and his fifth columnists are the biggest problem of this administration.

“Whatever he says is considered a lie. If not, Lai should tell Nigerians what his contribution has been over the last five years.

“At the right time, Lai Mohammed and his gang will be exposed, and the Nigerians will then know the real cheater, that’s the time before.”

Aregbesol’s veil attack on Omisore

One of the most important events in the exercise of APC membership in Osun State was the defection of former MP and Deputy Governor Iyiole Omisore. That, however, may not have gone well with Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesol, who, addressing his supporters after the membership was revalidated, said the killers and thieves had joined the party.

In a viral video, Aregbesol could be heard warning his supporters not to allow anyone to dance on the grave of the late Federation State Prosecutor and Oyo State Governor, Chief Bol Ige.

Recall, Omisore was arrested and charged in court for allegedly taking part in the death of another governor of the republic.

Although the former envoy was eventually acquitted, many Nigerians in the southwest continue to invoke the death of a man popularly called Cicero of Esa Oke and the alleged involvement of Omisore.

In a statement posted on his Twitter account, the minister said: “Although the Constitution allows everyone to register as members of any political party, even if they are suspects, murderers,” assassins “, etc., but those who make up the majority party membership must represent essential values ​​of the party.

“What sets us apart at APC is the values ​​we hold. We value social democracy, largely liberal democracy and progressivism.

“There has to be a clear difference between happy good friends and good weather friends who will still leave our party when they feel a better opportunity elsewhere. When you associate with individuals, who you are, your character and worldview must come to the fore.

“More importantly, we must respect the memory of our father, Chief Bolo Ige, and what he stands for, which includes compassion, commitment to the good of the majority and ideas that will bring people a good life, happiness, progress and security. ”

Adeyemi’s clever outburst against Okezie Ikpeazu

In the sacred chambers of the Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, he witnessed the unusual outburst of one of its members, Senator Smart Adeyemi, who represents the western Senate district of Kogi.

Adeyemi, who reportedly reacted to Senator Abaribe Enyinnaya’s comment, who is from Abia State, against Governor Yahay Bell of Kogi State, threw caution to the winds when he called Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State a drunkard.

He said: “In some countries where we have highly intelligent people, highly educated people, very enterprising people, like Abijah, they are run by drunks. Governor Abia is a man who drinks champagne.

“The people of Abia are more impoverished than ever. The people of Abia are unhappy. “

This outburst undoubtedly caught many of Adeyemi’s colleagues, demanding Senate President Ahmed Lawan to warn him, while Abaribe apologized.

And Abia replied to Smart Adeyemi

Apparently taken aback by Adeyemi under the shadow of his belt, Governor Ikpeazu’s chief press secretary, Sir Onyebuchi Ememanka, wasted no time serving the senator a dose of what he had served earlier in the day.

In a statement also Tuesday, Ememanka described Adeyemi as someone suffering from a “long-term case of mental illness”.

“It is our opinion that the senator is either suffering from a long-term case of mental illness or is struggling with occasional attacks of schizophrenia, which are manifested in making careless, dishonest, incoherent and incoherent statements.

“This conclusion becomes irresistible judging by the total disconnect between the issues being debated by the Senate and the senators’ comments affecting the governor.

“If Senator Adeyemi was sane, he should have known that Abia, when it comes to education, is miles ahead of her home state of Kogi. Indeed, not only in education, but in every single area of ​​development.

“If Senator Adeyemi’s colleges were intact, he should have known that under the supervision of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, the state of Abia had retained first place in the WAEC exams across the country for five years. Kogi didn’t come close to the first 20. Never! ”

Similarly, the state commissioner for information from Abia, chief John Okiyi Kalu, in his reaction calls Adeyemi a “village idiot”.

The commissioner said, “Unfortunately, the conscious platform provided by the National Assembly now seems to be a village square for confirmed village idiots to open their mouths, thus doing a great bear service to the great people, past and present, who were elected senators. “

Then Dino Malaye added his voice

The controversial former senator, Dino Melaye did not spend condemning him for his outburst. Melaye is from Adeyemi County.

In a tweet, Melaye wrote: “It is shocking that the devilish father of a well-known drug addict, who even went to a rehab center, will call out the decent governor of the state of Abia. I apologize on behalf of this bloodthirsty senator. “

With the 2023 election, which is still about two years away, things will obviously become more interesting, smaller and much messier! But for the average Nigerian, it’s time to lean back, take a pot of popcorn and enjoy the show !!