The race for the 2023 elections in Nigeria is gradually heating up. The question on the lips of many remains, who will be the next president of Nigeria? There are many vying for the number one political office in Nigeria.
The president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the head of state and head of government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Army. Beyond the Presidency rotation between the north and south, the 2023 Presidential contest would as usual be a two-horse race between the ruling All Progressive Party, APC and the main opposition, PDP. The sooner both the ruling and main opposition settles the rift within their ranks the better their chances of victory in the 2023 general elections.
What elections will be held in Nigeria in 2023?
- Presidential Elections – The date of the Election is 18th February 2023.
- National Assembly – Elections – The date of the election is 18th February 2023.
- Governorship or Gubernatorial Elections – The date of the election is 11th March 2023.
- State Houses of Assembly Elections – The date of the t election is 11th March 2023.
How the Next Nigerian President Will Be Elected?
The president of Nigeria is usually elected using a modified two-round system. To be elected in the first round, a candidate must receive a majority of the vote and over 25% of the vote in at least 24 of the 36states. If no candidate passes this threshold, a second-round will be held. It is a popular election with a term learnt of four (4) years, renewable once with the constitution of Nigeria.
The Criteria for becoming the president of Nigeria is well laid out in the 1999 constitution as amended in 2018. Since its independence in 1960, our country has been democratically led by prime ministers Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (1960-1966), Shehu Shagari (1997-1983), Olusegun Obasanjo (1999-2007), Umaru Yar’adua (2007-2010), Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (2010-2015), Mohammadu Buhari (2015 till date)
Requirement To Be Eligible For Contesting For Presidential Election
– Must be a Nigerian citizen by birth.
– Must be at least 35 years of age
– Member of a political party and is endorsed by the political party
– Must have at least a First School Leaving Certificate.
Chapter VI, part 1 section 131 of the constitution states that a person may be qualified for the election of the office of the president of the above requirements are met.
List Of Potential Next President Of Nigeria In 2023 Elections
Below is the list of politicians who have expressed their interest to run for the presidency in 2023.
Mr Peter Obi stands a good chance of becoming the next president of Nigeria. His popularity among youths in the south-east, south-south and some part of the middle belt in Nigeria. The former governor of Anambara state will further make good progress if the reported merger with the Former Governor of Kano state, Kwankwaso.
The former Anambra State government declared its interest in March 2022 at the gathering of Traditional Rulers in Anambra. He stated that Nigeria needs progress and peace for her progress.
Bola Tinubu is a former State governor of Lagos state Nigeria. He is fondly called the Jagaban of Lagos. This is owing to the enormous influence he commands on the political activities in Lagos. Many believe he determines who should remain or be removed as the governor of Lagos state.
Former vice president of Nigeria. He has long ago commenced campaigning for the 2023 presidential election and his political party is Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The controversies surrounding Mr Tinubu will do him no good. Issues such as drug-related cases, discrepancies about his age, educational certificates anothers
Nigerian youngest Governor. He announced his intention to run for the presidency in January 2022 while speaking to APC legislators and women’s groups in Bauchi.
DR. Bukola Saraki
Former president of the senate and one of the high profile politicians who did not hesitate to make his intentions known about the 2023 presidency. He announced his intention in Jan 2022 through his Facebook page and his political party is PDP. He is the first politician from the North Central region to indicate interest in the presidency according to Governor Samuel Ortom.
Anyim Pius Anyim
He is a former Senate president, he has always been very vocal about his intentions and he stated that if elected he will manage the nation’s diversity effectively and efficiently based on equity, justice, fairness and inclusion.
Orji Uzor Kalu
Currently chief whip for the Senate house of Nigeria. He announced his interest in January 2022 and he was encouraged by the leaders from the 6 geopolitical zones to run for the post.
The current governor of Ebonyi State and a member of APC. He said if elected, his presidency will replicate his efforts in Ebonyi state at the national level.
Former governor of Imo State. He declared his interest in presidential elections in January 2022 and he is a member of APC.
He is a member of the People’s Democratic Party and he believes he is the best-suited aspirant to lead the party back to power and develop Nigeria.
A medical practitioner and a member of PDP and he declared his intentions in October 2021.
First and only female presidential aspirant for 2023 so far and she does not belong to any political party yet.
The founder of CIUCI consulting intends to run as an independent candidate for the presidential elections in 2023.
The political party is African Democratic Congress (ADC). He is the former Deputy Governor of CBN from (2009 to 2014). He stated that if he is elected he will run a government with a dream team of highly competent Nigerians from all parts of our country.
His Political party is PDP and he stated that he is the best hope for Nigeria and he is mentored by the late popular business tycoon and politician Moshood (M.K.O) Abiola.
Current vice president of the federal republic of Nigeria and although he insists that he has no interest in contesting but several groups like Osibanjo Grassroot Organization (OGO) have sprung up to endorse the V. P as the Messiah that Nigeria needs because of his unimpeachable character. Nasarrawa state Governor further stated that he is the most qualified candidate and the only sellable product that can succeed Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential elections.
Commencement of the campaign by political parties for presidential elections starts Wednesday 28th September 2022 and the last day of the campaign by political parties for presidential elections closes at midnight on Thursday 23rd February 2023.
The Nigerian Presidential Elections 2023 will hold on 25th February 2023. The primaries are scheduled for between 4th April and 3rd June 2022. The winners of the election will be inaugurated on 29th March 2023 which is the former date of Democracy day.