2019 is definitely going to be an interesting year for followers of Nigeria politics. Nigerians will go to the polls to decide who will lead Nigeria till 2023. The battle line has been drawn, shots fired from all camps, campaigns has officially begun and Nigerians will be watching the unfolding scenario keenly to help decide who will be their preferred candidate to take over Aso Rock in 2019.
We bring for you today, the Presidential candidates of the various political parties in the country who will be slugging it out with each other at the ballot, and from these ladies and gentlemen, the future leader of Nigeria will emerge. Sit back and enjoy.
1. Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria’s current president and former military Head of State, is the odds on candidate to win the 2019 presidential elections. Apart from the fact that he is the incumbent, he is also benefiting from a lack of proper organization and seriousness on the part of many of the opposition. Are his policies and projects enough to secure him a second tenure? We would find out very soon.
2. Atiku Abubakar
Another political heavyweight justling for the seat of President is the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Turaki Adamawa. Barring any last minute drama from other opposition parties, Atiku Abubakar is the major opposition threat to Buhari’s re-election bid.
3. Donald Duke
The former Governor of Cross River state Mr. Donald Duke is not a newcomer to power play at the Federal level. This is his second time running for Presidency in Nigeria. This time he is on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP) and his supporters will hope that he does better than the previous time.
4. Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim
Born on 28 June 1965, Gbenga Toyosi Olawepo is a human right activist and businessman. A graduate of mass communication from the University of Lagos and also a Masters degree holder in global affairs from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim is the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) Presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election.
5. Omoyele Sowore
Omoyele Sowore is an activist and influencer. He is the owner on online news platform, Saharareporters. Sowore is one of the youngest among the candidates contesting for the presidency in 2019, and he is on the platform of Africa Action Congress (AAC). He is also one of the most vocal, this is not surprising as he was the SUG President at University of Lagos where he attained his first degree. Sowore is one of the candidates who is being monitored closely by the electorates to see if his vision for Nigeria matches theirs, but will it be enough to earn him their votes in 2019?
6. Oby Ezekwesili
Former Minister of Education under the Obasanjo regime, Oby Ezekwesili is one of the most vocal critic of the federal government in Nigeria – one that she was a part of several years ago. The Bring Back Our Girls convener has decided this time to step into the fray and contest for the post of the number one citizen in the country. Oby Ezekwesili is on the platform of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN).
7. Obadiah Mailafia
Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia is contesting for the presidency in the 2019 Presidential election on the platform of African Democratic Congress (ADC). Dr Obadiah Mailafia, who was also a former special adviser on economy and policy matters to former President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will hope his supporters get their PVC and vote on that day to give him a chance.
8. Kingsley Moghalu
Kingsley Moghalu is a Nigerian political economist. He is also a former United Nations official, and Professor in International Business and Public Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Kingsley Moghalu is “determined to bring a world view to solving Nigeria’s problems” and he has picked a 37yrs old female from Kano State, Umma Getso as his running mate on the platform of Young Progressive Party (YPP).
9. Chris Okotie
The General Overseer of the Household of God Church, Rev. Chris Okotie is once again running for President under the platform of the Fresh Democratic Party. This is the fourth Presidential election he will be paarticipating in, after contesting in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 elctions. Chris Okotie is sixty years old.
10. Hamza Al-Mustapha
the former chief security officer to the late head of state, General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha is also contesting for the Presidential seat in 2019 under the platform of the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN. Nigerians may not forget too soon that he was arrested and tried for murder and the attempted murder of Kudirat Abiola.
11. Habib Mohammed Gajo
Habib Mohammed Gajo, a former Chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had jumped ship to contest for the Presidency in the next general elections under the platform of the Young Democratic Party (YDP).
12. Olusegun Mimiko
Former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, is one of very popular faces on the list of candidates but he is not running under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party which gave him his governorship seat. He is representing Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the upcoming elections.
13. John Gbor
Retired Army Officer, Major General John Gbor is the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance in the 2019 Presidential elections. He has vowed to put his military experience in tackling the endless clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.
14. Ali Soyode
Ali Soyode is the Presidential candidate of YES party in the 2019 presidential elections. He is the Chairman of Europe’s 1st Ethnic Media Satelite Company and he has decided to bring his wealth of experience in the Nigerian electoral process to run for an election (for the first time ever).
15. Davidson Isibor Akhimien
The Chairman of the Grassroots Development Party of Nigeria, GDPN, and also its presidential candidate, Davidson Idibor Akhimien is seeking to run for the presidency and he made it clear that he has the passion and vision to see that Nigeria’s less privileged class, made up of youths mostly and the uneducated rural dweller will be the crux of his administration.
16. Ike Ikeke
Ike Ikeke is the presidential candidate of New Nigerian People’s Party.
17. Sunday Chukwu-Eguzolugwo
Apostle Sunday Eguzolugwo is the presidential candidate of the Justice Must Prevail Party (JNPP). According to him, it was a decision based on divine intervention years ago and he will do his best to bring integrity back to the public office.
18. Eunice Atuejide
The second woman on the list so far, Eunice Atuejide is a Nigerian businesswoman, lawyer and politician. She is the founder of National Interest Party, NIP, on whose platform she has decided to run for the presidency. She is a graduate of the Nigerian Law School and she practices in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
19. Hamish Santuraki
The National Chairman of the Mega Party of Nigeria, Hamish Santurak is the flag bearer for MPN in the 2019 presidential election. Formerly Mega Progressives People Party, before the change of name, the party will hope that the change of name also brings them a change of fortune in the coming elections.
20. Edozie Madu
Chief Edozie Madu is the National Chairman of the Independent Democrats, and it’s presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential election. In its manifesto, the party has revealed that it will abolish federal character if given a chance to lead the country.
21. Peter Nwangwu
Professor Peter Nwangwu, a Umuahia born native of Anambra is the We the People of Nigeria Party, WPNP presidential candidate in the 2019 presidential elections. Peter Nwangwu is a renowned medical scientist. A professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Clinical medicine.
22. Ahmed Bee Buhari
One of the young people who wish to wrestle the office of the presidency from Muhammadu Buhari is 40 years old Ahmed Buhari. After joining major opposition party, PDP and failing to clinch the party ticket, Ahmed Buhari jumped ship and joined the Sustainable National Party (SNP) and got the ticket. The CEO of Skylar Inc, a Lagos based ICT has advised his supporters to vote the present government out of power in 2019.
23. Tope Fasua
Founder and CEO of Global Analytics Consulting Limited, Tope Fasua , is the presidential flag bearer of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, ANRP to contest the 2019 presidential elections. The flag bearer who was also the party’s National Chairman has a manifesto titled ‘the revolution of ideas’ which he hopes will convince Nigerians to give him a chance at the polls.
24. Ade Fagbenro Bryon
Adesina Ayodele Fagnenro-Bryon is a former governance adviser with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. Popularly known as FSB, he cofounded KOWA party in 2009 on whose platform he is contesting for the seat of president in 2019. Fagbenro Bryon is a graduate of the University of Ibadan. He is also an Afro-Jazz musician.
25. Moses Shipi
The presidential candidate of the All Blending Party in the 2019 Presidential election in Nigeria is Moses Shipi. The flag bearer of the party has said that he is looking to God for inspiration to lead Nigeria. On accepting his party’s ticket, he said “the question is not about what I am going to do for Nigeria but what God wants me to use me to do for Nigeria. We have been given one mandate and that is to go against poverty.”
26. Chucks Nwachukwu
The Presidential candidate of All Grassroots Alliance, AGA, is Mr. Chuks Nwachukwu. The presidential aspirant has presented his seven-point development agenda for the country to the media. According to him, Nigerians should settle for fresh leaders in 2019. His blueprints for the country includes: reintroduction of economic prosperity, political restructuring, education, security, healthcare, and industrialization.
27. Habu Aminchi
The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Movement, PDM in the 2019 presidential election is Habu Aminchi. He has told his supporters that he would restructure the security architecture of the country, fight insurgency and ensure total defeat of book haram. His 10 point agenda includes: revitalizing the economy, standard education system, security, education and quality healthcare would be his major focus if given the chance to lead Nigeria in 2019.
28. Yabagi Yusuf Sani
Yabagi Yusuf Sani is the flag bearer of the Action Democratic Party, ADP at the 2019 presidential election in the country. According to the presidential aspirant, “we will create a new direction towards positive steps in the economic, infrastructure development, health and education.”
29. Martin Onovo
Dubbe “the new gani fawehimi” by supporters, Martin Onovo is the presidential candidate of the Conference of Nigeria Political Party, CNPP. Martin Onovo is an oil and gas engineering consultant and an Energy Expert by occupation and is a strong critic of the Buhari administration on several issues.
30. Mr. Rex Adebanjo
Youth Party of Nigeria YPN
31. Alhaji Yahaya Ndu
African Renaissance Party, ARP