Last week, Nigeria’s political space was dominated mostly by the results of the just concluded by-elections in some parts of the country, uncertainty over reconvening of the National Assembly and calls for the resignation of Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Unlike previous weeks recently, however, there were little or no reports of movements of elected public officers between political parties.
Below are some of the major stories last week:
In what could be best described as a morale boost, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) after losing some of its National Assembly members to other political parties, won three out of the four by-elections in parts of the country. APC won Bauchi South Senatorial District, Katsina North Senatorial District and Lokoja/Koton-Karfe federal constituency while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had the consolation of winning a House of Assembly seat in Cross-River State.
The PDP through its spokesperson said it had uncovered a fresh plot to arrest Senate President Bukola Saraki and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu. The party also alleged that the budget of the electoral commission, INEC, sent to the National Assembly by the presidency last month, was sent to the presidency by the electoral commission since February.
The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said he has no preferred presidential aspirant for the PDP. About a dozen aspirants have declared interest in the ticket of the party. The governor also warned that Rivers people will resist any attempt by the APC federal government to rig the 2019 election, adding that the federal government has no single project on ground in the state to sell APC’s candidates during the forthcoming general elections.
The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, attributed the difficulty of the Igbo to produce a Nigerian president to the people’s alleged knack for dragging down their rising leaders. “The Igbo do not know how to honour their own. They rather like to run down any of their rising leaders. The pull-him-down syndrome is high in Igboland. And it is very unfortunate,” the governor who is the only one of the All Progressives Congress in the South-east, said.