In the run-up to the 2023 elections, Flashywap will reveal the five leading politicians most expected to fight for the 2023 presidency, their political pedigree, and their political power.
While zoning has been a big concern by all political parties, due to their impact and political power, these politicians could perhaps challenge the position of their party on the zoning agenda.
It will be acknowledged that the Governor of the State of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi, dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressive Congress (APC) on the basis that his presidential ticket to the Southeast region was not prepared for the Party.
Although there are still uncertainties about the candidates who will contest the 2023 presidential election, there are some politicians who have provided evidence of their objective to directly and indirectly contest the 2023 presidential election.
Today, Flashywap will present you five top prominent politicians who, we believe, will fight for the presidential seat of Nigeria in 2023.
- Goodluck Jonathan
The former president and PDP candidate in the 2015 presidential election, Goodluck Jonathan, is on this list.
Jonathan, who began his career in politics as Diepreye Alaimeyeseigha’s Deputy Governor in 1999, became Bayelsa State Governor in 2005 after Alaimeyeseigha was expelled early in his second term after being indicted for financial fraud in the United Kingdom.
In 2007, Jonathan proceeded to win the PDP governorship ticket before being appointed as the running mate of party presidential contender Umar Musa Yaradua.
Yaradua/Jonathan ran the country’s affairs until Jonathan was made the acting president after Yaradua’s extended treatment in Saudi Arabia when he won the presidential election in 2007. After the death of Yaradua several months later, he afterward became President of the country.
Jonathan compete for the presidential ticket on the PDP framework in 2011 and emerged as the President of the country.
Nevertheless as President Muhammadu Buhari, the flag bearer of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2015, he was unable to win his re-election offer as the winner of the intensely competed presidential election.
The former president now has the chance of becoming Nigeria’s president once more concerning his failing to reach his re-election offer.
There have been speculations that in 2023 the former president will take a further chance to be president.
After he met with governors voted into office on the APC platform, the speculation of his 2023 Presidency exacerbated.
He has yet to publicly announce, nevertheless, that he will compete the 2023 presidential race.
- Bola Tinubu
Former Lagos State Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu is another famous politician speculated to have the desire of joining the 2023 presidential election.
Commonly referred to as the Jagaban of Lagos, Tinubu, who began his political career in 1992 after entering the Social Democratic Party (SDP), was elected to serve the Lagos West constituency in the Senate before the 1993 military takeover.
In 1999, on the Alliance for Democracy (AD) framework, Tinubu fought for the Lagos governorship office, beating Funsho Williams of the PDP to emerge as Lagos State Governor.
Tinubu, who worked for two terms as Lagos State Governor, is assumed to be the determinant of every election held in Lagos as his endorsed aspirant never fails to win in any election done in Lagos.
Lagos’ former governor, who crumbled the political structure and joined a partnership with President Buhari to establish APC in 2014/15 prior to the 2015 scheduled general election, was part of the top politicians working for President Buhari’s victory in the 2015 presidential election.
Tinubu is thought to be among the most prominent politician in the Southwestern region today, as the governors of five of the six states in the Southwestern region were created by his political party.
His fans have developed election posters for his 2023 presidential candidacy, although he has not publicly claimed his ambition.
- Abubakar Atiku
The two-time vice president, Atiku Abubakar, is also most likely to compete again in the 2023 presidential election after losing to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Atiku, who completely began his career in politics in 1989 after being elected Vice-President of the Nigerian People’s Front in the build-up to the Third Republic, won a seat in the 1989 Constituent Assembly to represent his electorate, established to come up with a new constitution for Nigeria.
After entering the PDP, Abubakar, who had moved from the PFN to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the political realm, had his main political advancement, winning the Adamawa state governorship election.
But before he was inaugurated, he was chosen in 1999 to be Olusegun Obasanjo’s running mate.
Atiku, who worked under the PDP as Vice President of Nigeria for eight years later dropped the party for APC, where he served against Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election.
In preparation for the 2019 presidential election, he returned to the PDP, after which he was given the party’s ticket to compete against Buhari, against whom he worked in 2015.
Another top politician that could join the 2023 presidential election is Atiku, who tried to defeat Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
- Yahaya Bello
The present Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, is also on the category of politicians most expected to join the 2023 presidential race.
Bello, who is working his second term as state governor, has been supported by the Kogi State House of Assembly to compete in the 2023 presidential race.
He has been under tension from his fans to compete for the presidential election in 2023, according to Bello.
Nevertheless, Bello, like other politicians, amidst not announcing publicly that he would compete the presidential race, has shown an unpredictable passion in competing in the presidential race.
- Orji Kalu
A former governor of the state of Abia and present chief whip of the Nigerian Senate Orji Kalu is considering the case of zoning some other top politician that has shown an intention in contesting in the 2023 Presidential race.
Kalu, who for eight years has worked as the state Governor the state of Abia, has confirmed that he does not rule out the opportunities that he will compete in the 2023 presidential race.
Elegantly announcing intention, Kalu, who confirmed that during his meeting with the retired military head of state, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (Rtd) and Abdulsalami Abubakar in Minna, he would be pursuing re-election to the Senate, saying that he would not feel obliged to compete in the 2023 presidential election if the fans preferred him to.
“I am also in the Senate, and I will be seeking re-election to the Senate, but
I will not feel obliged if our people need me to work as President,” he stated.
While there are some politicians who will participate in various political parties’ primary elections, it is important to note that most political parties may take into account the concern of zoning and political power in the choice of their nominee.