It’s seven months to the 2023 general election, to which the new president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria would be voted into power. The big question now is who will be Mohammadu Buhari’s successor?
The race has begun already with the presidential primaries coming to a close in mid-June. The aspirants are gearing up with banters, campaigns, and mind-games in their bid to be the next president of Nigeria.
I have decided to analyze the top candidates vying for the hot seat to know who will be Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Rabiu Musa Kwankwoso (NNPP).
The presidential aspirant of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwoso is arguably one of the most preferred candidates. The former PDP big-shot has had his eyes focused on that seat since concluding his tenure as the Kano state governor in 2015. However, his previous shot at the presidential race was unsuccessful having lost in the primaries to Atiku Abubakar.
Kwankwso’s major standpoint, or where he draws supporters the most is from the northern part of Nigeria. This is not far from the fact that he is mostly known there. His works and transformation of Kano state are still appreciated by many, thus the reason why many feel he is the best man for the job (Nigeria’s president).
However, Kwankwoso’s popularity is only limited to the North, hence he may have to convince other regions of his qualities. But his leadership qualities, nonetheless, are still very visible in Kano state as he has transformed the state to a level with several projects during his stint.
Peter Obi (LP)
Former Anambra state governor, Peter Obi of the Labor Party (LP) is perhaps the biggest “surprise package” amongst the contestants. His sudden popularity on social media has got other contestants worried. His followers have tagged themselves as “OBIdience” in solidarity with the southerner.
However, people “outside social media” are not convinced of his leadership qualities. His stint as Anambra state governor wasn’t quite as good as expected with the state still suffering from several challenges. Some section of citizens still believes the Igbo man needs more time to learn the ropes.
Notwithstanding, Obi has shown his plan and manifesto for Nigeria and Nigerians by recently visiting Egypt to equip himself with the needed Knowledge of governance. This act has left many believing his readiness to lift the West African giant to greater heights.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (APC)
Defeating big-wits such as current vice-president Yemi Osinbajo, and Rotimi Ameachi in the APC primaries is no mean feat. Asiwaju Boka Tinubu of the All Progressive Congress (APC), poses a great threat to other aspirants. The former Lagos state governor is vying for the first time and has repeatedly shown his determination to win.
However, some citizens of Nigeria are concerned about his age. The 70-year-old has come under heavy criticism from various sections about his age and health status. This is because many believe the country needs a “young” and vibrant leader.
Nonetheless, Tinubu’s experience as the former governor of Lagos state and how he contributed to transforming the state into a powerhouse has left others believing he is ready to rule the Country. His campaign is already gaining momentum with many ready to support his ambition.
Atiku Abubakar (PDP)
The People’s Democratic Party candidate, Atiku Abubakar is another aspirant with a good chance of winning the election. This will be the second time the 75-year-old would be contesting under the platform of the PDP for the presidential seat having lost to Buhari in 2015.
However, the former Vice-president is still struggling to win the trust of Nigerians. This is generally because, unlike other aspirants, Abubakar doesn’t have a governing track record. Others are also of the opinion that he is also “too old” for the race.
Notwithstanding, the Adamawa man still has experience of the Aso Rock in his hat having served as the Vice-president of Nigeria during the Olusegun Obasanjo era from 1999-to 2007. The trust he’s won from the PDP faithful will also serve as a weapon for his goal. Furthermore, choosing a running mate from the South, what most Nigerians have been clamoring for, has given him an edge over others.
Who do you think best fits the role of becoming Nigeria’s President in 2023? Why do you feel he/she is the preferred candidate?
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