Intrigues that shaped politics in 2019

Wed Jan 8th, 2020 - Rivers


General elections: expectations and shocks
The year 2019 was a mixed bag. It was no doubt a big election year that came with some uncertainties regarding the future of some politicians, a carry-over from the previous year. As expected, underground campaigns heralded the elections proper. The sudden postponement of the Presidential and National Assembly elections a few hours to polling for unconvincing reasons almost scuttled the exercise.

The shift of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early morning of February 16 to February 23, to many, was ominous of what was to come. And it was surprising to the opposition, which had accused INEC of sinister motives, when President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) defeated his closet rival, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by over three million votes, and was sworn in on May 29 for a second term. Abubakar challenged legally, but also lost at all levels.

APC’s loss of Zamfara and Rivers
THE APC lost the governorship, State and National Assemblies elections to the PDP in Zamfara State owing to its mismanagement of its primaries, as confirmed by the courts, which ruled that it did not have candidates, as it did not conduct credible primaries following intra-party crisis between the camps of Senator Kabiru Marafa and then governor, Abdul’aziz Yari.




source: Guardian