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Nigeria is in the midst of its general elections. The General elections to elect new set of leaders hold at the end of a term of four years.

The new democracy year begins on May 29, 2023 which will signal the end of the two term administration of President Muhammadu Buhari a retired General of the Nigerian Army. The staggered election will be held throughout Nigeria on 25 February 2023 to elect the President and Vice President and members of the Senate and House of Representatives, while the second part of the election will be held on Saturday March 11, 2023 for the positions of the State Governors and Members of the State’s House of Assembly.

Incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari is ineligible to run, being term-limited. It therefore opens opportunities for a new set of the contestants.

Among the leading candidates and parties are the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, the Lagos State Governor, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and Peter Obi of another former State governor of Anambra State in the South Eastern part of the country, standing in for Peoples Democratic Party, All Progressives Party and the Labour Party.

Others are Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso of New Nigeria Peoples’ Party,

The election will be conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which has the dates for the elections.

Below is a complete list of the presidential candidates for the 2023 elections and their political parties.

Accord Party (AP) – Imumolen Christopher, 39-year-old Christopher Irene Imumolen is an educationist, a university professor, a serial entrepreneur, and a business mogul.

Action Alliance (AA) is represented by Al Mustapha Hamza, a retired military officer turned politician who served as the Chief Security Officer to former Nigerian Head of State, General Sani Abacha. He is 62 years old.

African Action Congress (AAC) – Omoyele Sowore

Born 16th February, 1971, Sowore is a publisher and human rights activist.

African Democratic Congress (ADC) – Kachikwu Dumebi

The ADC candidate is an entrepreneur, politician, businessman and also a philanthropist.

Action Democratic Party (ADP) – Sani Yabagi, Yabagi Yusuf Sani (Jakardan Nupe), meaning Ambassador of Nupe, is a Nigerian politician, Energy and Crude oil expert.

All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) – Peter Chukwudi Umeadi

Umeadi hails from Anambra State and is a former Chief Judge of the state. He is a professor of law.

Allied Peoples Movement (APM) – Ojei Princess Chichi

She is the only female among the 2023 presidential candidates. Chichi hails from Delta State. She is an astute administrator who schooled both in Nigeria and overseas, is a corporate finance specialist and the executive director of Nuel Ojei Holdings.

Action Peoples Party (APP) – Nnadi Osita

He is 49 years old according to INEC data and the name of his running mate is Hamisu Isa.

Boot Party (BP) – Adenuga Oluwafemi, who is a businessman from Ogun State.

National Rescue Movement (NRM) – Osakwe Johnson

Ambassador Osakwe is a preacher, diplomat and business management consultant. He hails from the Ukwani speaking area of Delta State.

Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) – Abiola Kolawole

Kola is the eldest son of the acclaimed winner of the annulled 1993 presidential election in Nigeria, late Chief MKO Abiola. He promised that if elected, his government will focus on social-oriented programmes targeted at the citizens.

Social Democratic Party (SDP) – Adebayo Adewole

Born 8 January 1972, Prince Adewole is a Nigerian Lawyer and Founder of KAFTAN TV.

Young Peoples Party (YPP) – Ado-Ibrahim Abdulmalik

The Kogi prince and businessman is one of the candidates seeking to emerge as the next president of Nigeria. He is married to Adama Indimi.

Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) – Dan Nwanyanwu

Nwanyanwu is a Nigerian politician, businessman and lawyer who was chairman of the Labour Party from 2004 until 2014. He was born in November 1959.

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Julius Adegunna, a writer, and publisher of good news and reports. He is also a trainer in Writing and Publishing, a Media Consultant and an Entrepreneur. A 1987 Graduate of International Relations of the University of Ife, (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) with Post Graduate Diploma in International Relations, and Master in Communication Studies of Lagos State University. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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