2013 in Retrospect…

(Cont’d)
July
In the month of July, the newly formed APC received approval from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to become a political party and subsequently withdrew the operating licenses of the three previous and merging parties (the ACN, CPC and ANPP).
Rivers House boils
The Rivers State House of Assembly came under siege as attempt to impeach the Speaker, Hon. Otelemaba Amachree by some members degenerated into mayhem.
Five anti-Amaechi members had arrived the House of Assembly and waited for the arrival of the speaker and his deputy to no avail. After a while, a member of the five anti-Amaechi camp, Hon. Kelechi Wogu moved a motion for the impeachment of the Speaker, a development which infuriated the leader of the House, Hon. Chidi Lloyd.
Lloyd and some other members went out of the Assembly chambers to update the governor on the development and by the time they returned, the five anti-Amaechi members had impeached the Speaker, electing Evans Bipi as his successor.
Just at the point where Hon Bipi was making his speech as the new Speaker, Governor Amaechi, Lloyd, Amachree, other lawmakers and security operatives arrived at the Assembly. It was at this point that the lawmakers threw caution to the wind as they engaged in fisticuffs and fought with dangerous weapons.
August
The PDP organized a mini-convention
The governors elected on the platform of the party met to determine the fate of 75 candidates seeking elections to fill 17 vacant offices of the National Working Committee. The crisis rocking the ruling PDP had shown no sign of let-up. It was at this point that the seven aggrieved governors on the party platform namely: Rotimi Ameachi (Rivers), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) stormed out of the Eagle Square, venue of the party’s national convention.
The Patriots submits a 13-page memorandum on the way forward
A group of eminent Nigerians under the platform of the Patriots paid a courtesy visit on President Jonathan with a call on him not to contest the Presidential election in 2015. The foremost constitutional lawyer rather advised the President to focus on his Transformation Agenda and quit power as a hero in 2015. The group also submitted a 13-page memorandum on the way forward for the country.
September
National Political Summit led by Professor Ben Nwabueze held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital. Professor Nwabueze, a respected elder statesman and leader of the Patriots, was one of the co-conveners of the inaugural National Summit Group meeting in Lagos in February, 2012.
October
Perhaps, it was the visit of ‘the Patriots’ to the President that formed the basis for setting up an advisory committee whose mandate is to establish the modalities for a national dialogue.
The President, in an independent day broadcast had announced the setting up of the committee to establish modalities for a national conference aimed at resolving issues that currently cause friction in the polity.
November
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), formally declared the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Chief Willie Obiano as winner of the Anambra State governorship election. INEC had declared the first exercise held on November 16, 2013 inconclusive because the difference in votes scored between Chief Obiano who polled 174,710 votes and Comrade Tony Nwoye of the PDP, who came second with 94,856 votes, was more than 113113 registered. 
The election also exposed INEC to attack with many calling for the resignation of its chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega.
On November 25, Five Governors in the existing ruling party announced their decision to join the APC, as well as 49 legislators who will now join the rank of 137 legislators in the APC upon prior merger of the smaller opposition parties giving it a slim majority of 186 legislators in the Lower House, and minority 47 legislators in the upper house. However, only 37 legislators have formally made the switch as at December 18, 2013 giving APC a nominal majority of 172 of 360 Legislators, as against PDP’s 171 as some PDP allied, smaller parties hold some other seats.
December
Season of letter writing
The media have been awash with reactions to a recent letter written by former Nigeria’s president Olusegun  Obasanjo to incumbent President Jonathan. Just as Nigerians are still engrossed in the discourse of the missive allegations and it’s implications, daughter of Obasanjo, Senator Iyabo Obasanjo also wrote to further enlarge the forum of discussion on sundry pertinent national and personal issues. President Jonathan has replied the former president
APC shops for leaders
Some political observers describe as shocking; the APC’s desperate move to woo aggrieved PDP members into its fold. The former President had openly thrown his weight behind the party when some national leaders and governors of the APC visited him, in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

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