Political Figures of the Week 

Shefiu Muib
By Muib Shefiu 4 Min Read

This week in Nigerian politics has been marked by significant events across various states, reflecting the dynamic nature of the nation’s political landscape.

From judicial affirmations and electoral ambitions to leadership upheavals and controversial decisions, here are the top five political stories of the week:

1. Hope Uzodimma

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The Imo State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has reaffirmed the election of Hope Uzodimma as the Governor of Imo State. The tribunal, ruling from Abuja, dismissed the petition filed by the Labour Party (LP) and its candidate Athan Achonu, citing substantial compliance with the Electoral Act.

Uzodimma had secured 540,308 votes, significantly outpacing his closest rivals, Senator Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and LP’s Achonu. This decision underscores the robustness of the electoral process and the judiciary’s role in upholding democratic outcomes. 

2. Atiku Abubakar

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Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has declared his intention to continue pursuing the presidency as long as he remains healthy. Atiku, who has made six attempts over three decades, reiterated his resolve during an interview with Voice of America Hausa.

Despite the challenges faced by his party, the PDP, Atiku remains undeterred, emphasizing his commitment to the nation’s highest office. His last attempt in 2023 saw him securing 6,984,520 votes, placing second to Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

3. Elvert Ayambem

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In Cross River State, Elvert Ayambem has been impeached as the Speaker of the House of Assembly. Seventeen out of the 25-member assembly voted for his removal, citing allegations of misappropriation of funds.

The impeachment, led by Hon. Effiom Ekarika and seconded by Hon. Omang Charles Omang, comes less than a year after Ayambem assumed office in June 2023. This significant development highlights the ongoing scrutiny and accountability measures within the state’s legislative framework.

 4. Julius Abure 

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The Labour Party has suspended its National Chairman, Julius Abure, over allegations of high-handedness and anti-party activities.

The suspension, initiated by Ward 3 in Arue-Uromi, Esan North-East Local Government Area of Edo State, and ratified by the state executive committee, is effective immediately.

This internal party shake-up points to ongoing struggles within the Labour Party, as it seeks to navigate leadership challenges and maintain party discipline.

5. Abba Kabir Yusuf

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has been in the spotlight following his controversial actions to dethrone Emir Ado Aminu Bayero and reinstate the deposed Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

These decisions have sparked mixed reactions across Kano State and Nigeria, with some praising his move to correct past wrongs, while others criticize it as undermining the traditional institution of Kano.

This controversy highlights the delicate balance between political authority and traditional leadership in the region.

In conclusion, these stories encapsulate the vibrant and often tumultuous nature of Nigerian politics, reflecting the ongoing evolution of governance and political accountability in the country.

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