Monday, 4th December 2023

Presidential election, constitutional logjam and union reconfiguration

By Tony Nnadi
20 June 2023   |   6:02 am
The pretense of carrying on in Abuja as if the 2023 Presidential Election has come and gone and the winner has settled into office and his tasks as President is just Psychological Gimmickry to hoodwink Nigerians and the International Community into docility..

[FILE] A polling station official marks a voter’s finger with a marker pen before he casts a ballot at a polling station in Ibadan on February 25, 2023, during Nigeria’s presidential and general election. (Photo by Samuel Alabi / AFP)

The pretense of carrying on in Abuja as if the 2023 Presidential Election has come and gone and the winner has settled into office and his tasks as President is just Psychological Gimmickry to hoodwink Nigerians and the International Community into docility and acquiescence even as Frontrunner Candidates in that Election are locked into a frantic Legal Battle that would last several months at the Appellate Courts for who won Nigeria’s February 25, 2023 Presidential Election. 

The 2023 Presidential Election of Nigeria is far from being over and neither the May 29, 2023 Swearing-In Ritual nor the Frenetic Executive Actions of the new President alters the Status of that Election as Inconclusive. In particular, NINAS Posits as follows: 

(1) Nigeria’s 2023 Presidential Election remains Inconclusive and in Process until the Supreme Court of Nigeria makes its Final Pronouncement on the outcome of the February 25, 2023 Presidential Election.
(2) If a Runoff or Rerun is ordered, it means that the 2023 Presidential Electoral Process remains ongoing until the Runoff or Rerun produces an outcome that stands.
(3) In the face of:
(a) the Disputed Legitimacy of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution; (b) INEC’s Defiance of the Stipulations of that Constitution in Declaring Bola Tinubu President-Elect and 
(c) the May 29, 2023 Swearing-In of Tinubu as President, there has arisen an urgent necessity to define the Legal Status of the Governance Arrangement that has now emerged over Nigeria.
(4) At Law, the entire Period between May 29, 2023 and the date of the final resolution of the Inconclusive 2023 Presidential Election as aforementioned, (including if the February 25, 2023 Exercise is cancelled and a Rerun Ordered), the Stop-Gap Presidency Inaugurated on the 29th of May 2023 is at best an Interregnum.

Accordingly, and in furtherance of its Repudiation and Rejection of the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution as Basis of the Nigerian Union, the NINAS Campaign for the Termination of the doomed 2023 Electoral Voyage and for the immediate Initiation of a Transitioning Arrangement for Union Reconfiguration shall continue full-steam throughout the Interregnum, the Default being Self-Propelling Union Dissolution Processes.

(5) Those who did not understand what NINAS meant when in 2022 it said that the “Fate of Nigeria will be Determined on the Bridge to 2023” (check that title on YouTube) will most likely be ringside spectators to how it will all happen. 
Some might even become statistics from the collateral damages that will accompany the obduracy of going into 2023 Elections under the 1999 Constitution. 

(6) Nigeria is now stuck in a Lockdown Mode in the middle of the 2023 Electoral Bridge and the NINAS Campaign against the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution is being intensified at the base of that Bridge.

To get an indication of how long the Lockdown on that Bridge will last, it is noteworthy that the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal  (i.e. Court of Appeal) has earmarked most of June-August 2023. When the Tribunal reaches its verdict, the dissatisfied Party will in all likelihood head to the Supreme Court which will take another two months to adjudicate.
(7) With the May 29, 2023 Swearing-In of Candidate Bola Tinubu as President,, it means that the current Interregnum will last no less than Five months which could be extended by several months should the February 25, 2023 Exercise be overruled by the Supreme Courts.
(8) The most viable (and maybe the only Peaceful) mechanism for resolving the Nigerian Union Dispute flowing from Decades of Grave Constitutional Grievances (now compounded by a fractious, Inconclusive 2023 Presidential Election), is to Initiate an Immediate Transitioning Arrangement to undertake an Orderly Union Renegotiation and Reconfiguration within the Paradigm of the Self-Determination Imperative for the trapped Constituent Components of the Distressed Federation of Nigeria. 

Every other approach will most likely end in the Violent Disintegration of Nigeria with catastrophic consequences.
(Here is the link to the NINAS Broadcast on the aforementioned Transitioning Template –
A new urgency triggered by el-Rufai’s confirmation of the Fulani conquest agenda
Reminiscent of Ahmadu Bello’s Mission Statement and Battle Script of October 1960 in which he declared to his lieutenants that Nigeria must be an Estate of their Great-Grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio in perpetuity, the recent Triumphant Boast of Nasir El-Rufai about the successful execution of the Fulani Conquest Agenda as commanded by that Ahmadu Bello Battle Script of 1960, brings a new urgency to the situation of the rest of Nigeria, especially the existential threats posed by the Murderous Onslaught of Fulani Invaders, who, standing on the Unitary Constitution they imposed, are not executing a ferocious ethnic cleansing campaign for Land-Grab against the Indigenous Peoples of Nigeria.

Is it not now beyond debate that the tragic events of 1966-1970 as well as the Imposition of the Unitary Constitutional Order on Nigeria by the Military Wing of the Caliphate Hegemony between 1979 and 1999 were dictated by 1960 Battle Script of Ahmadu Bello?

Even whilst cloaking that Fulani Conquest Agenda in Religious Garment, the Summary of El-Rufai’s Triumphant Boast is that the Conquest of the rest of Nigeria as envisioned by Uthman Dan Fodio and as Re-Commissioned by Ahmadu Bello in 1960, has been successfully implemented, using the North/West Alliance of 1967. 

NINAS Posits that Nigeria’s Current Unitary Constitution (1999), is the full implementation of that Ahmadu Bello Script of 1960 when we examine the processes by which we went from the Brigandage of 1966-1970 to the Impositions of 1979 and 1999. 

Viewed against the backdrop of the aforementioned revelations of Dr Obadiah Mailafia about the terror currently rampaging Nigeria, the implication of El-Rufai’s triumphant We-Have-Conquered-You declaration is that the murderous Fulani conquest machinery is rolling towards our spaces in the NINAS alliance territories. 

This brings a new urgency to the NINAS invitation to the rest of Nigeria to join the task and campaign of caking down the caliphate-imposed, fraudulent constitution of Nigeria (1999)  which empower the invader-Fulani so comprehensively against the rest of Nigeria. This task of terminating the Life of the 1999 Constitution can be completed swiftly in the course of the Logjam that has arisen from the inconclusive 2023 presidential election of Nigeria. For the rest of Nigeria, Taking Down the Constitution that empowers the enemy is the most viable strategy for upturning that Fulani conquest agenda now confessed to by El-Rufai. Every other approach leaves the rest of Nigeria as sitting ducks waiting for their turns at slaughter.

Let it be recalled that NINAS by its December 16, 2020 Constitutional force majeure proclamation, made a five-point proposition for a grand union reconfiguration, recommending the suspension of further National Elections under the distressed of 1999 Constitution and the immediate initiation of a transitioning arrangement in place of elections so that we can first rework the damaged constitutional Basis of Nigeria, just as South Africa did in 1990 to ease itself out of the Apartheid bind. 

With the and inconclusive outcome of Nigeria February 25, 2023 presidential election, NINAS hereby renews its invitation to all Stakeholders to commence the inevitable union renegotiation and reconfiguration before anarchy overtakes all.  

(Here is rye Full text of the NINAS December 16, 2020 Constitutional Force Majeure as published by the Guardian Newspaper of January 20, 2021 (Pages 38, 39, 40 & 41)
Nnadi wrote for NINAS Board of Conveners.