LAST week witnessed intense political activities from major political parties in the country. It started on Monday, December 8, with a lot of horse trading among contestants in the heat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship primaries. By the time the result came out, the unexpected happened. Most of the people who were expected to win, especially ministers who oozed confidence when they left their plum jobs at the federal government, woefully crashed out without clinching the ticket in their states. Those who won are smiling and strategising for 2015; the losers are licking their wounds while some are already protesting profusely.
The climax of the political activities was the conventions of the PDP and All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abuja and Lagos, respectively, from Wednesday, December 10 to 11, where their presidential candidates and national officers were elected in the case of the former. President Goodluck’s candidature was also ratified at the PDP’s while Muhammadu Buhari, former head of state, beat four other contenders to emerge winner in a fiercely contested primaries. Now the stage is set for the race in the general elections in the 2015.
Before the campaigns start, Realnews decided to put the state of the nation in purview to remind us of where we are as a nation and where we should be going to. To do justice to this we approached Professor Anya O. Anya, former director general of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group and a delegate to the national conference to speak on “The State of the Nation” which forms the basis for our cover story this week. It is also a reminder of what we should be doing as politicians come knocking on our doors to ask us to vote for them. The interview which was conducted by Maureen Chigbo, editor, covered all the topical issues ranging from Boko Haram insurgency, the problem elites are causing the country, the strained relations between Nigeria and the United States of America, what the Igbos lost by supporting President Goodluck Jonathan, the new Constitution Nigerians must adopt, how Alhaji Bashir Tofa, former presidential candidate, lost N700 million to insurgency, the economy among others. It is a must read. Enjoy it.
— Dec. 22, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT