In Nigeria's political landscape, particularly during elections, dramatic scenes are nothing new.
The presence of a camera is frequently used by public figures in Nigeria to express their other selves, especially their emotional selves.
In response to criticism of his late father, Labour Party vice presidential candidate Ahmed Datti broke down in tears on national television on Sunday.
In a Channels TV interview, Mr. Datti bemoaned the constant attacks that have been made against him and his family ever since he joined the race. He eventually lost the ability to control his emotions and expressed them all.
When it comes to getting emotional on national television, the politician from Kaduna State is not alone. Here are some politicians who struggled to control their feelings.
Patience Jonathan and “there is god rant”
Days after the 2014 abduction of schoolgirls at the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Patience Jonathan, the then First Lady, summoned officials of the school to the presidential villa as part of efforts to recover the over 200 girls abducted by the terror group Boko Haram.
It will be recalled that Boko Haram had become a politicized issue at that time, and many around the President believed that the abduction was part of efforts to further demarket President Goodluck Jonathan by some elements in the North.
The former First Lady, during the interaction, found some of the responses of the officials to be unsatisfactory, and while in tears, she dropped what later became the viral phrase "PRINCEPA." Na only you waka come?
“And all these bloods that they’re sharing.
“CHEI. CHEI. There is God, O! DIERRIS GOD O!!!”
Buhari wept while announcing last bid in 2011
Two days before the 2011 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari, then the candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, broke down in tears, stating that the 2011 election would be his last attempt at becoming president.
In the presence of some chieftains of the CPC, Mr. Buhari was in tears while reading his speech at the International Conference Center in Abuja.
It will be recalled that Bola Tinubu, the man seeking to succeed Mr. Buhari, made mention of the crying moment in his famous Emi Lokan rant in Abeokuta. In that famous speech, Mr. Tinubu, speaking in Yoruba, said Buhari was crying after losing the 2011 election, but he assured him of victory.
Atiku overwhelmed by ticket donation
In 2018, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was brought to tears after some youths “bought the presidential ticket” of the PDP for him to re-contest again.
Atiku, while commending the youth, got emotional and had to use a handkerchief to stop the tears from rolling down his cheeks.
Fayose— I am in pains
In 2018, Ekiti State was at the center of a political storm during the off-season gubernatorial election. Fayose, who was rounding off his term, was seeking to install his deputy, Olusola Eleka, as his successor.
On the other hand, the ruling party was seeking to pave the way for Kayode Fayemi, who resigned as minister, to complete his tenure.
On the eve of the election, Fayose and his supporters clashed with security forces, and the then-governor claimed that security agents wounded him.
“I am in pain; I am in severe pain. I can’t turn my neck anymore. "If anything happens to me, the Inspector General of Police should be held responsible,” he said.
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