2023 General Elections In Nigeria
Like never before in the Nigerian political history, the 2023 general elections in the country that was held on February 25, 2023, came with a lot of surprises and new trends. Unlike past elections where Nigerians were manipulated to vote inept, unscrupulous and vile leaders, this year’s election was not business as usual for Nigerian politicians as the table was turned and Nigerians voted credible candidate without fear nor favour.
Perhaps, a revolutionary movement, this paradigm shift in the political spheres in Nigeria began with ‘THE OBIDIENTS’ movement, one that was all our to vote the candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Obi, as President of the country. A bulk of members of this political movement are Nigerian youths who apparently are tired of the crop of inefficient leaders the country has had over the years, and wanted a change in the ugly trend. They rallied massively behind Mr. Obi and voted massively for him at the polls. Although Mr. Obi lost at the polls, even though the result is currently contested in the Nigerian Supreme court, the movement was able to put politicians on their toes and emphasised that power truly belongs to the people.
Not only that, the fact that surprising results were announced at the Federal legislative elections lent credence to this new political trend. Outgoing Governors, who were vying for Senatorial seats, lost their elections; Senators who didn’t perform well we’re ousted; and unknown politicians defeated the big wigs, all thanks to the youths and other Nigerians who have decided to right the wrongs in Nigerian politics.
The forthcoming gubernatorial and state House of Assembly candidates scheduled for March 18, 2023, have now become alert and up-and-doing in their campaigns. Unlike before when they depended on rigging and unscrupulous means to win elections, they have now realised that the people cannot be easily swayed or shoved aside in their aspirations, thanks also to the present political win blowing all over the country. They now go on their knees to profusely beg for support of the electorates, something that was not there before, or was done with less seriousness.
And so, it is visible to the blind and audible to the deaf that the major thrust of democracy, which is dominant power of the people, has now come to bare in Nigerian politics. This is good for the country’s democracy as it seems to be the step in the right direction of achieving sustainable and effective democracy in Nigeria. Whether this trend will become a fluke of has come to stay is another issue to be discussed. But one thing has been made palpable so far: that power truly belongs to the people in a democratic government.
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