So much has happened since 2023 presidential candidates got their parties’ tickets that you may be forgiven for thinking election campaigns have started. But the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) won’t officially declare the floor open until September 28th, 2022.
This means everything that’s happened over the past few months are just dress rehearsals for the real thing to come.
“The game hasn’t started?”
And if these dramatic moments are anything to go by, we’re in for a very eventful five months before the 2023 election.
Sowore’s water campaign
Not a lot of election candidates in Nigeria are out-of-the-box thinkers like the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore. And he proved this with an election rally inside a lake in May 2022.
No one should be too shocked if people from the marine kingdom participate in the 2023 elections.
Tinubu’s “emi lokan” rant
What was supposed to be a regular toasting of party delegates is now forever remembered as the day candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, walked naked into the market square (not literally, thank God).
Peter Obi’s special friend
You’d hope that public office holders can surround themselves with competent special advisers and senior special assistants. But Peter Obi wasn’t shy about letting the public know that one of his most brilliant decisions as Anambra State governor goes all the way back to advice from a mentally-challenged man.
Shettima’s “fake” priests
The appearance of what many critics considered to be fake priests at the unveiling of Tinubu’s controversial Muslim-Muslim ticket has also been a notable point of the pre-campaign season.
We still don’t have a clear answer on if those priests are hired fakes or just Z-list clerics no one really knows, but it’s giving shady.
Atiku’s aeroplane campaign ad
The questionable campaign ads haven’t started rolling out yet, but the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, stole the lead with this one about an aeroplane:
Where did that aeroplane take off, and why does the narrator not sound like the Atiku that’s supposed to be the narrator? Also, has he seen the state of flight ticket prices these days? It’s so bad Osuofia can’t afford to go to even Abuja.
Tinubu’s “cassava, garri, ewa” campaign
Tinubu is fast becoming the lead content creator for the 2023 campaign and this video proves it:
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