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Personalities to watch and why

By Jide Ajani

*President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan – his actions and inactions are going to largely determine the future of Nigeria in the coming months

President Jonathan

*Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo – Nigerians would be watching his moves and attempt to compare his role as vice president with the likes of Atiku Abubakar and Jonathan

*Chairman, INEC: Whoever President Jonathan appoints as chairman of INEC would be the most publicized personalities from the day of his appointment up till May 29, 2011.

*Olusegun Obasanjo – as Chairman, Board of Trustees, PDP, his influence remains; but he would be closely observed more as he continues to breathe down the neck of President Jonathan; his home state, Ogun, is also likely to be a battle ground and his role would matter a lot.


*Atiku Abubakar, has returned to the PDP and whatever he does or refuses to do will generate its own heat in the polity

*Muhammadu Buhari – although he has declared for little known CPC, a political party, Buhari’s voice still carries so much weight in the polity, especially as he has become a serial presidential candidate

*Mohammed Uwais – whatever becomes the outcome of the report of his electoral reform committee would again throw Uwais into the limelight

*Bola Tinubu, the defacto controller of what is left of the Action Congress, AC, Tinubu’s Lagos State, its incumbent governor and whatever would be made of the merger talks going on between AC and some other parties and politicians would definitely make Tinubu more visible

*Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State – his survival and possible pursuit of a second term would be very key.


*Governor Patrick IbrahimYakowa of Kaduna State – being the first Christian governor of the state sworn-in last Thursday), he is likely to step on some toes but would have to himself tip-toe around the minefield that his territory would become

*Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State, because of the possible renewed conflict between him and former President Obasanjo, especially as the battle for succession commences.

*Governor Timpreye Silva of Bayelsa State on account of his battles for political survival against President Jonathan and some other forces in his state

*Lamido Sanusi Lamido – as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, if he decides to sneeze like he did mid-last year, there is likely to be another round of rippling effect in the banking sub-sector of the financial system.

*Turai Yar’Adua –, she would not be uninterested in the political happenings in her state and except and unless the friction between her and the Katsina State governor, Ibrahim Shema is reduced or stopped, the environment may become highly charged as Nigeria prepares for next year’s general elections

*Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State: His politics and pursuit of total take over of Edo State would no doubt remain a strong matter of public importance.

*Chief Anthony Anenih: Former Chairman, Board of Trustees, PDP, still carries weight; but his domain of Edo State and the approach of the incumbent Oshiomhole would continue to put him in public light

*The Rump of Yar’Adua people – quiet for now, any of the members of the CABAL could spring a surprise in the political arena either by attempting to contest an election or sponsor somebody

Things to expect 365 days from now

*Composition of the board of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

*Possible improvement in power supply

*Political Party primaries

*Renewed Anti-Corruption Crusade

*Reformation of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP

*Alliances and possible mergers of political parties

*Nigeria’s golden jubilee celebration

*Expected Electoral Reforms

*Reviewed Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

*Reviewed Electoral Act

*Jonathan’s declaration to contest the 2011 general elections or not

*2011 general elections

*Petitions to flood election petition tribunals at various levels


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