Legal luminary, Femi Falana (SAN), on Wednesday, July 6, issued a grim prediction about an imminent postponement of the 2023 elections.
Falana made this call during an interview on Channels TV, Sunrise Daily.
According to him, the general elections in 2023 may be postponed if the current climate of insecurity persists.
Falana said, “2015, the Goodluck Jonathan administration was compelled to postpone the election because the terrorists were occupying some Local Governments in Borno State.
“Right now, the terrorists are occupying places – Local Governments in Zamfara, Katsina, in Borno, and some other places. That’s problematic.”
He added: “During election, if that continues and you have candidates that might say, ‘these are my catchment areas, so you can’t go on with the election if you cannot secure the country’”.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Labour Party, Doyin Okupe, has declared that there would be no alliance between the former Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, and former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, which seem impossible contrary to what many had expected.
Okupe made this clarification on Tuesday, July 5, 2022; while speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Tuesday, July 5.
“That discussion, or those discussions about a merger, alliance and all that were led by me from our side. It is dead – DEAD and buried,” he said.
“It is not Mr Peter Obi; the Labour Party and its presidential candidate have long since withdrawn from that conversation. It was NNPP that continued to try to benefit from the traction of the popularity of Obi. Out of maturity, I decided that we will not take them on media-wise, so we kept quiet, but they kept going on.”
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Both Obi and Kwankwaso are in the race to become the next president when President Muhammadu Buhari completes his second term in office in May 2023.
Amid concerns for a total shift of power from the All Progressives Congress (APC); as well as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s grip; there have been calls for both men to form an alliance to boost their winning chances in the coming poll.
Although Kwankwaso had in a recent interview said an alliance was ‘highly likely’; he stated that he cannot be a running mate not just to Obi but any candidate of the south-east extraction.