Nigeria 2023 Elections: Meet the Presidential Candidates
The 2023 Nigerian presidential election will be held on 25 February 2023 to elect the President and Vice President. Incumbent APC President Muhamadu Buhari is term-limited and cannot seek re-election to a third term.
Other federal elections, including elections to the House of Representatives and the Senate, will also be held on the same date while state elections will be held two weeks afterward on 11 March. The winners of the election will be inaugurated on 29 May 2023, the former date of Democracy Day.
Party primaries were scheduled for between 4 April and 9 June 2022 with the Peoples Democratic Party nominating former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on 28 May while the All Progressives Congress nominated former Governor of Lagos State Bola Tinubu on 8 June heading to the main Nigeria General Elections in 20203.
Bola Tinubu (APC Party)
Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu (born March 29, 1952) is a Nigerian politician and accountant who has served as the national head of the All Progressives Congress (APC) since the party’s founding in 2013.
He was the Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007 and the Senator for Lagos West during the Third Republic.
He announced his desire to vie for the APC presidential candidacy in the 2023 presidential election in January 2022. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has emerged as the official flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress APC.
Atiku Bagudu, the returning officer of the primary convention declared him the winner and the presidential candidate for the 2023 general election. Tinubu defeated 13 candidates to emerge the winner with 1,271 votes.
Peter Obi (Labour Party)
Peter Gregory Obi (born 19 July 1961) is a Nigerian politician and businessman, who was the vice-presidential candidate in the 2019 Nigerian general election under the People’s Democratic Party (P.D.P). He was the former governor of Anambra State serving from 17 March 2006 to 2 November 2006, when he was impeached and from 9 February 2007 to 29 May 2007 after his impeachment was overturned.
Although a fresh election was held on 29 April 2007, he was reappointed governor on 14 June 2007 after a court ruling that he should be allowed to complete a four-year term. He was re-elected to a second term in office during the February 6th, 2010 gubernatorial elections.
Atiku Abubakar (PDP)
Atiku Abubakar GCON (born 25 November 1946) is a Nigerian politician and businessman who served as the Vice President of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007 during the presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. He ran as Governor of Adamawa State in 1990, 1997, and later, in 1998, being elected before becoming Olusegun Obasanjo’s running mate during the 1999 presidential election and re-elected in 2003.
Mr. Abubakar defeated 12 other candidates in a keenly contested presidential primary held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Saturday.
Of the 767 accredited ballots at the election, he polled 371 votes while his closest challenger, Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, came second with 237 votes.