As the year 2023 draws nearer, top 10 influential politicians from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have already begun campaigning to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
Although only Senator Ahmed Yarima has expressed his aspirations, others have made use of their allies to express their aspirations.
As we reach 2021, the race for the nation’s number one seat is expected to intensify from both Nigeria’s two major political parties.
Atiku is a big businessman and a politician whose political momentum is spreading in the country as a result of his financial strength.
2. Bola Ahmed Tinubu
APC leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has not made his intentions clear but his allies and supporters have started campaigning for him.
Although Tinubu is a former Lagos State governor, he stressed that now is not the time to declare his intention for the election campaign but those close to him have started campaigning on his behalf.
3. Rotimi Amaechi
Not long ago, Rt. Hon Rotimi Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State and current minister of transport stressed the need for the APC to respect the zoning agreement reached with the South.
It is clear that he intends to run for the presidency.
Amaechi is one of Buhari’s most outspoken ministers in this administration.
He was the director-general of Buhari’s campaign in 2015 and 2019. He has experience as the speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, the state governor twice, the former Nigerian Governors’ Forum chairman and now the minister of transportation.
4. Kayode Fayemi
Although Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has not declared his intention to run for president in 2023, the remarks by an APC leader in his state have led to speculation.
5. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso
There are strong indications that Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State will seek the presidency.
Although the former defence minister did not make his intentions clear, he applied for a ticket in the PDP and APC but was unsuccessful.
Kwankwaso, a prominent Kano-based politician, is the leader of the Kwankwasiyya movement.
6. Ahmed Sani Yerima
He held the governorship of Zamfara State from 1999 to 20017. He represented Zamfara West in the Senate and served as Deputy Minority Leader in the Senate.
7. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
The governor of Sokoto State won his seat in 2015 through the APC. He was one of the leaders of the party but later left it altogether.
He applied for a presidential ticket with Atiku in the PDP and later returned to Sokoto to vie for the state governorship ticket which he won.
8. Yahaya Bello
There are strong indications that Yahaya Bello of Kogi State is one of the front-runners for President Buhari’s seat in 2023.
Campaign posters have already been installed in his state where he has been asked to run for the presidency in 2023.
9. David Umahi
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State is one of the South-Eastern politicians thought to want to replace Buhari in 2023.
Umahi, a PDP leader, recently defected to the APC in a bid to win a seat.
Although Umahi said his change of party had nothing to do with his ambition to become president in 2023, politicians were convinced he had not told the truth.
10. Bala Mohammed
Governor Bala Muhammed of Bauchi State was the former Minister for Federal Capital Territory from 2010 to 2015.
Senator Mohammed of the PDP defeated the APC governor in 2019 , a major setback for APC in the state known as President Buhari’s stronghold.
The governor did not express his desire but a group in Abuja began calling for him to come forward.