NIGERIA: The Nation and The Race to 2023 Presidency

Published: 10/08/2022

Nigeria is getting closer to another critical and important moment of deciding who among a list of presidential hopefuls to vote into Aso Rock (The Presidential Villa) for yet another four years of unpredictable future.

The list of presidential hopefuls have featured familiar politicians in the country. Some aspirants have been on the ballot in past elections contesting for the office of the president, these politicians are relentless in their quest to be the next occupants of Aso Rock after the second tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The list of presidential hopefuls have also featured politicians that even though they are contesting the presidency for the first time, they are gladiators with history in the political system of the country.

Mr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso – New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)

With qualities and characters of aspirants varying from one another, their achievements in the political landscape of the country as well as their impact in nation building varies just like their individual political ideology.

The question on discerning minds is not who will eventually win but who is the right man for the job?

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar – Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP)

Research has proven that knowing the right thing to do at the right time will help anyone make an informed decision void of regrets.

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu – All Progressive Congress (APC)

Yusuf Mamman Dan Talle – Allied Peoples Movement (APM)

In a country of over 200 million people that have never had a government they voted into office fulfilling their expectations of a better and improved welfare for the country and its people, how then is 2023 going to be different?

These questions and many others alike should be the concern of the electorates before heading to the polls in 2023.

There have been those among the electorates that are not so optimistic about the election stating their reasons to be a loss of confidence in the electoral system and some have said their reason for not being so optimistic about 2023 election is the imbalance in the process leading to the emergence of some candidates as presidential flag bearer of their parties.

Mr Peter Obi – Labour Party (LP)

Mr Kola Abiola – Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)

Omoyele Sowore – Africa Action Congress (AAC)

It is general knowledge that political parties in Nigeria conduct primary elections within their respective parties, among aspirants that have showed interest in becoming the flag bearer of the party at various levels.

There have been claims during presidential primary election of some political parties that candidates that emerge as the flag bearer to contest the presidential election have emerged based on monetary inducements at the primaries.

Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim – Young Progressive Party (YPP)

Prince Adewole Adebayo – Social Democratic Party (SDP

Professor Christopher Imumolen – Accord Party (AP)

Now, these are mere accusations as no one is able to provide substantial evidence to back the claim of monetary inducements by aspirants during the presidential primary elections of some political parties. But lack of evidence does not invalidate the reasons some electorates are not so optimistic about 2023 election in Nigeria.

Professor Peter Umeadi – All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

Dumebi Kachikwu – African Democratic Congress (ADC)

Elections over the years in Nigeria have been marred with so much irregularities and the electorates are right for stating the obvious.

Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (retd.)- Action Alliance (AA)

Will these awareness of the electorates about the electoral system shape the outcome of the 2023 presidential election for good or is it just awareness and nothing more?

How then will the knowledge of past elections and reports of irregularities leading to 2023 presidential election influence the electorates decision at the polls?

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