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Nigeria Election 2023: Candidates to Succeed Buhari

Nigerian voters will head to the polls in February 2023 to elect an heiress to President Mohammedu Buhari, whose eight-year term in the country’s top office is coming to an end.

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KEY POINTS

  • Nigerian voters will head to the polls in February 2023 to elect a successor to President Mohammedu Buhari, whose eight-year term in the country’s top office is coming to an end.
  • Buhari is ready to handle power peacefully to his successor next year.
  • Many are eyeing the seat and ready to run for the Nigeria presidency, including the current Vice President.
  • Here are sixteen presidential candidates to watch.

Nigerian voters will head to the polls in February 2023 to elect an heiress to President Mohammedu Buhari, whose eight-year term in the country’s top office is coming to an end.

Buhari, who has borrowed over $5 billion from China, France, Japan, India, and Germany since he came into power, is prohibited by the Nigerian constitution from seeking a third term. The president has promised to step down and go back to his hometown to continue farming.

However, many eyes and attention are on the Nigeria 2023 elections on the presidential race, which will hold in February.

Dozens of politicians are currently eyeing the seat to run for the Nigerian presidency, including the current Vice President.

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President Buhari and Osinbajo laughing together. Picture: Google Image

Buhari, recently, revealed that he would not interfere in the outcome of the 2023 Presidential election.

Also said he has no favourite candidate.

Here are the presidential candidates to watch:

Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu

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Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu

Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu is a Nigerian politician and a national leader of the All Progressives Congress. He was Lagos State Governor from 1999 to 2007. Wikipedia

Yemi Osinbajo

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Yemi Osinbajo

Oluyemi Oluleke “Yemi” Osinbajo GCON is a Nigerian lawyer and politician who has served as the Vice President of Nigeria since 29 May 2015. Wikipedia

Yahaya Bello

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Yahaya Bello

Yahaya Adoza Bello is a Nigerian politician, businessman, and the current Governor of Kogi State. Wikipedia

Rochas Okorocha

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Rochas Okorocha

Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha is a Nigerian politician of Igbo extraction from Imo State. He is the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district at the 9th Nigerian Senate. He is also the former Governor of Imo State. Wikipedia

Rotimi Amaechi

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Rotimi Amaechi

Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi is a Nigerian politician who is currently serving as the Minister of Transportation in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari. He previously served in oil-rich Rivers State as Governor of Rivers State from 2007 to 2015 and Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly from 1999 to 2007. Wikipedia

Godswill Akpabio

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Godswill Akpabio

Chief Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON, is a Nigerian lawyer and politician. He is the current Minister of Niger Delta, a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Senate’s Minority Leader. He also served as Governor of Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015. Wikipedia

Kayode Fayemi

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Kayode Fayemi

John Olukayode Fayemi, is a Nigerian politician who is currently serving as the Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum in office since 16 October 2018. He previously served in office between 2010 and 2014 before losing re-election to Ayodele Fayose. Wikipedia

Babatunde Fashola

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Babatunde Fashola

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN is a Nigerian lawyer and current Federal Minister of Works and Housing. He served two terms as Governor of Lagos State from May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015. Wikipedia

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar GCON is a Nigerian politician and businessman who served as the Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 during the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. Wikipedia

Aminu Tambuwal

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Aminu Tambuwal

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is a Nigerian politician who serves as the Governor of Sokoto State in Nigeria, having won election during the 2015 general elections and re-elected in the 2019 general elections. Wikipedia

Bukola Saraki

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Bukola Saraki

Olubukola Abubakar Saraki, MBBS, CON is a Nigerian politician. He was the 13th President of the Senate of Nigeria from 2015 to 2019 and Chair of the 8th Nigeria National Assembly. Wikipedia

Peter Obi

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Peter Obi

Peter Gregory Obi is a Nigerian politician and businessman, who was the vice presidential candidate in the 2019 Nigerian general election under the People’s Democratic Party. Wikipedia

Bala Mohammed

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Bala Mohammed

Bala Mohammed is Nigerian politician who is the Governor of Bauchi State. He was also Minister of Federal Capital Territory from 2010 to 2015; and a Senator from Bauchi State between 2007 and 2010. He is a leading member of the opposition People’s Democratic Party. Wikipedia

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

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Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan GCFR, GCON is a Nigerian politician who served as the President of Nigeria from 2010 to 2015. He lost the 2015 presidential election to former military head of state General Muhammadu Buhari, and was the first incumbent President in Nigerian history to concede defeat in an election. Wikipedia

Sam Ohuabunwa

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Sam Ohuabunwa

Mazi Samuel Iheanyichukwu Ohuabunwa OFR, is a Nigerian pharmacist, politician and business executive. He is the founder and former CEO of Neimeth Pharmaceutical. He was the former president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. Wikipedia

Anyim Pius Anyim

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Anyim Pius Anyim

Anyim Pius Anyim is a Nigerian politician who served as the President of the Nigerian senate and was Secretary to the Government of the Federation during Goodluck Jonathan presidency. He was elected a Senator on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in 1999 for the Ebonyi South constituency of Ebonyi State. Wikipedia

Kingsley Moghalu

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Kingsley Moghalu

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is a Nigerian political economist, Presidential Aspirant 2023, Lawyer, Author, Ifekaego of Nnewi Kingdom, former United Nations official, and politician. He served as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, appointed by President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, from 2009 to 2014. Wikipedia

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