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One Major Move That Could Stop The 2023 Election, And Keep The Presidency In The North Beyond 2023

The forthcoming 2023 presidential election has undoubtedly begun to dominate the discussions of many political actors in Nigeria. The election, which would produce a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari, whose second-term would come to an end in 2023, has continued to generate a lot of debates between the North and Southern regions of the country. However, little attention has been paid to some factors that could stop the highly anticipated 2023 presidential election.

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While the North and Southern regions have continued to engage each other in a debate over which region should produce the next President, a Non-governmental organization (NGO), known as Incorporated Trustees of the Civil Society Observatory for Constitutional and Legal Compliance (CSOCLC), approached the Appeal Court, contending the dismissal of its suit by the High Court. Recall that the group had earlier approached the court, seeking to void President Muhammadu Buhari’s election (source: Daily Trust).

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As obtained from the Daily Trust, the CSOCLC argued that the Affidavit sworn to at the FCT High Court, by President Muhammadu Buhari, on November 24, 2014, to support his personal particulars, contained a false statement under the oath. The CSOCLC went further to argue that the statement by President Muhammadu Buhari, alleging that his academic qualification documents are with the Secretary of the Military Board, was false, insisting that both Military Board, and Secretary of the Military Board do not exist.

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It is based on this argument, that the NGO, is praying the Appeal Court, to void President Muhammadu Buhari’s election, and order the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to withdraw the certificate of return issued to him in 2019, and issue a new one to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who finished as a runner-up in the election. While this move could look like a joke to many people, it can be argued to have the capacity to stop the 2023 presidential election, and keep the Presidency in the North beyond 2023.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (Image Credit: Google)

Recall that the suit by CSOCLC is already before the Appeal Court of Nigeria, and has been scheduled for hearing on the 22nd of February, 2022. As such, there are chances that the judgement could go in favour of the NGO. The implication of this is that victory for the CSOCLC, would automatically stop the forthcoming 2023 presidential election, with Atiku Abubakar taking over power for the next four years. With this, the move by the CSOCLC, has become a major factor that could see the North retain the Presidency beyond 2023.

President Muhammadu Buhari (Image Credit: Google)

It should be recalled that Atiku Abubakar, whom the CSOCLC is praying the Court to recognize as winner of the 2019 presidential election, is a Northerner. As such, should the prayer of the NGO be granted by the Court, Nigerians would not only see the 2023 presidential election stopped, but also the Presidency automatically retained by the North beyond 2023.

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