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POLITICAL NOTES….2018: A busy year ahead



POLITICAL NOTES….2018: A busy year ahead

It’s a New Year and the nation’s political system is itching to unearth the various activities in its arsenal. For politicians, especially aspirants for one position of the other, 2018 is as crucial as the election year itself, hence, the need to fix the right strategy, align with the appropriate camp and be in the good books of the power brokers.
The lull in political activities is over and the year of raw of politicking both within the political parties and the electorate is here. Although the next general elections are billed to hold between February and March 2019 going by the schedule announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in March 2017, the calendar year to decide who gets what and how is this year.
Expectedly, the race for the polls has started as interests are already being expressed in various quarters by those who wish to contest for the various offices up for grab.
Serving as a forerunner to the general elections in 2019 would be the governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states. The elections are billed to hold in July in Ekiti and September in Osun. Also expected to come up this year is the Anambra Central senatorial election.
For the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the tedious year will determine whether its high ratings will still stand especially as the parties pick their candidates who will fly their respective flags in the forthcoming elections latest by April.
In the course of the year, political intrigues are also expected to spur the respective anti-corruption agencies to action as politics is like a war in which almost everything tactics deployed is fair.
Equally expected to gather momentum as the year progresses is the gale of endorsements and defections that usually characterise election years.
The supremacy battle between political godfathers and their godsons each election year is also expected resurface as most outgoing governors have already started scheming on anointing their respective successors.
Passage of the amendment to the 1999 Constitution is also expected to come up within the year.
From all sides, the year will be eventful but the big question is what will be the attitude of politicians to governance? Will they still fix the road, genuinely attend to governance issues, make effort to revamp the dwindling economy, among others? If they are able to do this just as they run for their party ticket, surely it will be a departure from the norm, but if not, its still business as usual in politics.

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