Last week, the top three presidential candidates in Nigeria’s 2023 elections were in London, holding meetings with people seen as political powerbrokers in Nigeria. They ensured that those photos were sent out and most Nigerian newspapers published them on their cover. Most of the people in the photos were on holidays in Europe or on medical trips, while a few were on short visits.
The interesting, or rather sad, part of the story is that there is nobody in all those photos that is from Europe or any country outside Nigeria. Nobody in those photographs lives in Europe or is there as a temporary worker. All of them flew from different Nigerian cities recently.
Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, met with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike. Also in the meeting were Governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State, Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State.
Similarly, a former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, met with Wike, and the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in London. Also in the meeting were Ortom, Ikpeazu, Makinde and former Cross River State Governor, Donald Duke.
Wike also confirmed that he and Ortom, Ikpeazu and Makinde also met with the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in London. In the past, of the three top presidential candidates, only Obi had visited Wike in Rivers State since the completion of…