- Ahead of the 2023 general elections, some governors are making big moves to secure the votes of not only prominent party stalwarts but also the votes of the people in the polity
- In achieving this, they make consultations within the political space and among notable leaders who can support their presidential ambition in the forthcoming general election
- In a recent move, some presidential aspirants paid a visit to Hajia Aya Dada Yar’Adua, the mother of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, in Katsina
It is a few months to the 2023 general elections and presidential aspirants have continued to make consultations regarding their aspirations and personal interest in the affair of the nation.
Some of the aspirants are major contenders for the two major political parties in Nigeria, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A few days before the party primaries scheduled to hold later this month, presidential aspirants have continued to pay courtesy visits to the matriarch Hajia Aya Dada Yar'Adua, the mother of Tafida Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and former President Umaru Yar’Adua.
Legit.ng observed that most of the aspirants gunning for the presidency had visited the widow for blessing during their visit to Katsina state.
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Below is a list of some of the aspirants who have visited the mother of former President Umaru Yar’Adua.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
On the sideline of his visit to the Katsina Emirate on Sunday, January 30, 2022, Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, paid a courtesy visit to the mother of late President Umar Musa Yar' Adua, Hajiya Yar’Adua in her home.
The Yaradua dynasty is considered one of the major political power brokers in northern Nigeria and beyond. The visit is therefore considered by many as a masterstroke ahead of the 2023 election.
Former Governor of Anambra state, and presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with the matriarch Hajia Aya Dada Yar'Adua, the mother Tafida Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and former President Umaru Yar’Adua.
Obi visited her after meeting with PDP stakeholders in Katsina state on Sunday, May 15.
Presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, on Wednesday, May 18, visited Hajiya Aya Dada Yar’Adua, the mother of former President, Musa Yar’Adua in Katsina.
Vice President Atiku Abubakar often refers to her as his 'political mother'.
This was part of his campaign schedule for the North-Western part of the country.
Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, paid a visit to Hajia Aya Dada Yar’Adua, the mother of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, in Katsina.
Wike, who is also a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), visited the aged mother on Tuesday, May 3, alongside former Governor Ibrahim Shema.
A former Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki visited the mother and stepmother of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in Katsina earlier in January 2022.
2023: Tinubu’s ambition gets major boost as Kwara, Benue delegates endorse APC leader
It was a festival of commendation and endorsement for All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader and leading presidential aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in Kwara and Benue states on Tuesday, May 18, during his visit to the two states to dialogue with the party’s delegates to the presidential primaries and confer with prominent leaders.
Kwara state Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasak expressed gratitude to the APC leader for helping to rescue the state from the hands of those who exploited her resources for selfish ends.
This development was made known by Tinubu Media Office through a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, May 19.
APC releases 9, tough conditions for Tinubu, Osinbajo, others
Meanwhile, the ruling party had released nine guidelines to govern the conduct of presidential, governorship, and parliamentary aspirants before, during, and after its primaries.
One of the conditions is that aspirants have been prohibited from suing the party or any of its members without first making use of avenues for redress and in-house settlement mechanisms.
Added to this, the hopefuls at all levels must sign undertakings to accept the results of the primaries and work for whoever emerges as the flagbearer ahead of 2023.