Everybody and their grandmother wanted to get on the ballot to be elected Nigeria’s next president in the 2023 presidential election. But now that the dust has settled on primary elections conducted by political parties, that list has significantly reduced to only a handful of candidates.
The pre-season competition is over, and here are the candidates that will appear on the ballot for Nigerians to vote for in 2023.
Christopher Imumolen — Accord (A)
Christopher Imumolen is the presidential candidate of Accord. He won the party’s ticket unopposed and is 39 years old.
Hamza Al-Mustapha — Action Alliance (AA)
Hamza Al-Mustapha, a former security aide to the late General Sani Abacha, is the presidential candidate of Action Alliance (AA). He was the candidate of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) in the 2019 presidential election but scored less than 5,000 votes. He’s 61 years old.
Omoyele Sowore — African Action Congress (AAC)
Omoyele Sowore was elected the African Action Congress (AAC) presidential candidate at the party’s national convention on June 9th 2022. Sowore was also the party’s candidate for the 2019 presidential election but only recorded less than 34,000 votes. He’s 51 years old.
Dumebi Kachikwu — African Democratic Congress (ADC)
Dumebi Kachikwu beat 11 other aspirants to snatch the presidential ticket of the African Democratic Congress (ADC). He’s the founder of Roots Television and the brother of a former Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu. He’s 48 years old.
Yabaji Sani — Action Democratic Party (ADP)
Yabaji Sani is the national chairman of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) and will also represent the party on the ballot for the 2023 presidential election. He was the party’s presidential candidate in 2019 and scored nearly 55,000 votes. He’s 64 years old.
Bola Tinubu — All Progressives Congress (APC)
Bola Tinubu beat a dozen other aspirants to the highly-coveted presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He’s a former senator and Lagos State governor. He’s 70 years old.
Peter Umeadi — All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)
Peter Umeadi is a former Chief Judge of Anambra State who’ll represent the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on the ballot for the 2023 presidential election. He won the ticket unopposed.
Yusuf Dantalle — Allied Peoples Movement (APM)
Yusuf Dantalle is the flagbearer of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) for the 2023 presidential election. He’s also the party’s national chairman and was elected unopposed. He was a losing candidate in the 2019 Kogi State governorship election. He’s 50 years old.
Sunday Adenuga — Boot Party (BP)
Sunday Adenuga will fly the flag of the Boot Party (BP) at the 2023 presidential election.
Peter Obi — Labour Party (LP)
Peter Obi, a former Anambra State governor, is the flagbearer for Labour Party (LP) for 2023. He was a vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election. He’s 60 years old.
Okwudili Mwa-Anyajike — National Rescue Movement (NRM)
Okwudili Mwa-Anyajike beat eight others to the presidential ticket of the National Rescue Movement (NRM).
Rabiu Kwankwaso — New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP)
Like Obi, Rabiu Kwankwaso also left the PDP in pursuit of his presidential ambition. He eventually won the ticket of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP). A former Kano State governor, he also served as a minister and senator in the past. While he failed to get on the presidential ballot in 2015 and 2019, he’s trying again in 2022. He’s 65 years old.
Atiku Abubakar — Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Atiku Abubakar is one of the favourites to win the 2023 presidential election after winning the PDP ticket. The former vice president was also the party’s candidate in the 2019 presidential election but finished second. The 2023 election is his third time on the presidential ballot and sixth attempt overall since he first contested in 1993. He’s 75 years old.
Kola Abiola — Peoples Redemption Party (PRP)
Kola Abiola beat three other aspirants to become the flagbearer of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP). He’s the son of the late MKO Abiola (who was adjudged to have won the 1993 presidential election that was annulled by the military government of Ibrahim Babangida). He’s 59 years old.
Adewole Adebayo — Social Democratic Party (SDP)
Adewole Adebayo is the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). The 54-year-old is a lawyer and founder of KAFTAN Television.
Malik Addo-Ibrahim — Young Progressives Party (YPP)
The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Malik Addo-Ibrahim, is a civil rights activist and founder of the Reset Nigeria Initiative. He’s the son of the Ohinoyi of Ebira Land in Kogi State.
Dan Nwanyanwu — Zenith Labour Party (ZLP)
Dan Nwanyanwu is another national chairman that’ll be representing his party as a candidate for the 2023 presidential election. He’s promised to unite Nigerians in three months if elected president.