Meet Possible Contenders To Take Over From President Muhammadu Buhari

Meet Possible Contenders To Take Over From President Muhammadu Buhari

Meet Possible Contenders To Take Over From President Muhammadu Buhari  

The search for a new leader for Africa’s most populous country and largest economy, Nigeria, has begun with exactly 559 days until the 2023 presidential election.

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the date for the 2023 general election on February 18 earlier this year.

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In an interview with ARISE News last week, former Military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) hinted at the qualities a majority of Nigerians should consider in their choice of the next occupant of Aso Rock, the Presidential Villa, opening up a new angle to the 2023 debate.

IBB, as Babangida is affectionately known, suggested that Nigerians focus on individuals in their 60s as potential presidential or vice presidential candidates in 2023.

Furthermore, according to IBB, such individuals should have a thorough understanding of the economy, extensive contacts across the country, and experience marketing their acceptability and capacity across geopolitical zones.

“We’ll be fine if we get good leadership that connects with the people and tries to communicate with them rather than talking over them. I’ve begun to imagine a good Nigerian leader. That is, someone who travels across the country and makes friends almost everywhere he goes and knows at least one person with whom he can communicate.

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“That’s a person who knows a lot about the economy and is also a good politician who should be able to communicate with Nigerians and other people. I’ve seen one, two, or three of these people in their sixties,” the former military leader from Minna said.

With this submission, it was widely assumed that the former military president had ruled out a former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, from running for president in 2023 because they would be in their 70s by then.

The expectation is that the person should be from the southern part of the country, given the national mood. But that isn’t a given, especially when the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) makes the opposite case in its search for a suitable presidential candidate.

Given this situation, political pundits have identified a number of Nigerians who will be under 70 years old by 2023 and who, based on their contributions in the public or private sectors, will be able to add value to society.

Experts believe that any of the identified individuals has the skills and competence to guide the country toward realising its much-touted potential while also addressing the socio-economic challenges that have plagued it for years.

In first name alphabetical order, here are some prominent Nigerians who may very well fit IBB’s description of the next President or Vice President.

Abdul Samad Rabiu was born on August 4, 1960, in Kano State, Nigeria. He is a philanthropist and a billionaire businessman. He founded and leads the BUA Group, a Nigerian conglomerate focused on manufacturing, infrastructure, and agriculture. At the age of 24, he returned to Nigeria to manage his father’s business after attending Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Rabiu has businesses all over the country as a result of his business interests. In June of this year, French President Emmanuel Macron announced Rabiu as the inaugural president of the France-Nigeria Business Council, a private sector initiative to improve business relations between the two countries.

Rabiu, on the other hand, is one of the politically progressive people on the list. With almost no political experience, it appears that Rabiu will fall into this category, but it is not impossible.

Abdullahi Sule, a Nigerian entrepreneur, businessman, and politician, was born in December 1959 and is the current Governor of Nasarawa State. In 2019, he was elected governor.

In 1968, he attended the Roman Catholic Mission (RMC) Primary School in Gudi Station; in 1974, he attended Zang Secondary School; and in 1977, he attended Technical College in Bukuru. He received a scholarship from Nigeria to attend Indiana University in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical technology and a master’s degree in industrial technology.

He appears to fit the bill as a governor and businessman in his early sixties, especially since he hails from a liberal northern region – North Central – and has previously managed Dangote Sugar. However, given the demand for a southern president, it may be a difficult decision for him to make. Will he risk his near-certain re-election for the precarious presidency?

Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu is the eighth Governor of the state of Kebbi, having taken office on May 29, 2015. The Governor has dedicated his life to public service and possesses the proven leadership skills necessary to make work for his constituents. Prior to his election in May 2015, he served in the Senate as a senator for Kebbi Central.

Under his leadership, the state formed a joint venture with the Lagos State government to develop a commodity value chain that will revolutionise food processing, production, and distribution. This partnership, the first of its kind in the Nigerian agricultural sector’s history, aims to achieve national food sufficiency and food security.

He received his tertiary education at Sokoto State’s Usman Dan Fodio University, where he earned a B.Sc in Economics. He went on to the University of Jos in Plateau State, where he earned a Master of Science in Economics, and then to Columbia University, where he earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs.

However, coming from a core northern state like North West, it’s a risky bet at a time when the southern presidency is at stake.

Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Aigboje Aig-Imoukh He is a Nigerian banker, philanthropist, and investor. He is the founder and Chairman of Coronation Capital Limited, its affiliates, Coronation Asset Management Limited, and Trium Limited, as well as the former Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc.

He is the Co-Chairman of the United Kingdom-Nigeria Capital Market Task Force and a board member of TCX Investment Management Company Netherlands. He founded Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG) in 2014 and is the Co-Chairman of the United Kingdom-Nigeria Capital Market Task Force. He was born in Edo State and studied law at the University of Benin, earning an LLB degree in 1986. He graduated from the London School of Economics, New York University, and HEC Paris with an MBA.

Despite having a solid economic background, his political experience is limited. It could be another difficult, but not impossible, nut to crack.

Akinwunmi Adesina was born on February 6, 1960, in Lagos, Nigeria. An economist, he previously served as Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and is currently serving his second term as President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

He was Vice President of Policy and Partnerships for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa until his appointment as Minister in 2010. (AGRA). He is the first Nigerian to be elected President of the African Development Bank, and he is from Ogun State in the south-west of the country.

Adesina has clearly distinguished himself in the business world through sound economic literature, but there is no evidence that he can manage the political side of governance. Coming from the Southwest, he also has a good chance.

Aliko Dangote was born on April 10, 1957, in Lagos, Nigeria. He is the President of the Dangote Group, a conglomerate with a strong presence in the manufacturing industry. With an estimated net worth of $11.1 billion as of May 2021, he is Africa’s richest man. Dangote is from Kano State and graduated from Cairo’s Al-Azhar University with a bachelor’s degree in business studies and administration.

Many Nigerians believe that if given the chance, he could emulate the success of his companies, which he founded as a small trading firm in 1977 and have since grown into a multi-trillion-naira conglomerate with operations in Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, and Togo, among other countries.

In Nigeria, the Dangote Group controls the sugar market and is a major supplier to soft drink companies, breweries, and confectioners. The Dangote Group is nearly finished with its refinery. Apart from being from the north, Dangote is thought to lack the temperament for politics, despite having friends from all walks of life. In Lagos, he is currently constructing one of the world’s largest refineries and petrol chemical plants.

Ms. Amina Mohammed was born in the Nigerian state of Kaduna in 1961. She is currently the United Nations’ Deputy Secretary-General and Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group. She previously served as Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, where she oversaw the country’s efforts to combat climate change and protect the natural environment.

Mohammed began his career at the UN in 2012 as a Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, where he was in charge of post-2015 development planning. She was the driving force behind the global agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

She began her career in Nigeria, where she worked on the design of schools and clinics. She worked as an advocate for increased access to education and other social services before entering the public sector, where she rose through the ranks to become a senior adviser to four presidents on issues such as poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development.

There’s no denying that this comes at a time when the call to give women a chance has gotten a lot of attention around the world. While working at the United Nations may provide her with some political clout, being from the north is a major disadvantage.

Aminu Tambuwal is the current Governor of Sokoto State, having been born in January 1966. He was the 10th Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives. He studied law at Usman Dan Fodio University in Sokoto, graduating with an LLB (Hons) degree in 1991. He earned his BL and was called to the Bar in 1992 after completing his one-year compulsory legal studies at the Nigerian Law School in Lagos. Tambuwal is a leader who knows how to deal with the country’s diversity and has friends all over the country. He is well positioned to manage diversity as a former Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives. Atedo Peterside was born in July 1955 and is an entrepreneur, investment banker, and economist. Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Anap Business Jets Limited (Anap Jets), and Anap Foundation are all his creations. He graduated from City University in London with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

He went on to earn a master’s degree in science. In 1977, he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. At the age of 33, Peterside founded the Investment Banking & Trust Company Limited (IBTC) and served as its CEO until 2007.

He was elected Chairman of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc in October 2007, after IBTC Chartered Bank Plc merged with Stanbic Bank Nigeria Limited to form Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc. He resigned in 2017.

Despite the fact that he has always held strong political views, he is not politically inclined, despite the fact that he is from the southern part of the country, which is looking for the next president.

Babatunde Fashola, also known as Babatunde Raji Fashola, is the Minister of Works and Housing. He was born in June 1963. From May 29, 2007 to May 29, 2015, he served as Governor of Lagos State for two terms. President Muhammadu Buhari appointed him Minister of Power, Works, and Housing in 2015.

He earned a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B.(Hon), degree in 1987 from the University of Benin, where he studied law.

Fashola was the second law graduate from the University of Benin and the first member of the Nigerian Law School graduating class of 1988 to be conferred with the professional rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).

Fashola is easily one of the few people widely regarded as fit to lead Nigeria, almost effortlessly, thanks to his stellar performance as governor of Lagos State, which put the state on the global map.

He is not only capable and competent, but he is also a southerner, specifically from the Southwest. His friends admire and respect him for his political maturity and discipline. He is a mind of exceptional brilliance who perfectly fits the bill.

Since September 2015, Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah has served as President and Chairman of the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) Board of Directors. The pan-African institution has played a key role in assisting businesses and countries across the continent under his leadership.

Since October 2008, Oramah has served as the Executive Vice President in charge of Business Development and Corporate Banking. He was in charge of the Bank’s business development departments and units, including Trade Finance and Branches, Project and Export Development Finance, Syndications and Specialised Finance, Corporate Finance and Advisory Services, and Syndications and Specialised Finance.

In 1994, he joined Afreximbank as Chief Analyst, and in 2007, he was promoted to Senior Director, Planning and Business Development. He worked as an Assistant Research Manager at the Nigerian Export Import Bank from 1992 to 1992 before joining Afreximbank.

He has a master’s degree in science. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, awarded him master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics in 1987 and 1991, respectively. He also received a B.Sc. In 1983, he earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Ibadan. There’s no denying that he has enough private-sector experience, but the same cannot be said of his political experience.

Bukola Saraki, a former Senate President, served as Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011 before being elected to the Senate in 2011. Saraki was born in London in December 1962. From 1979 to 1981, he attended Cheltenham College, a public boarding school in the United Kingdom.

From 1982 to 1987, he attended London Hospital Medical College of the University of London, where he earned a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

Saraki was a director of Société Générale Bank (Nigeria) Limited and worked as a medical officer at Rush Green Hospital in Essex. Saraki was appointed as President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Special Assistant on Budget in 2000.

Saraki had also taken over the political machine of the man who resembled the strongman of Kwara politics after his father, Dr. Olusola Saraki, died, and has continued to manage it.

Saraki has clearly developed not only an understanding of the nuances of both the private and public sectors, but also a strong grasp of the game of politics. When IBB described those eligible to lead Nigeria in 2023, many people assumed he was referring to Saraki.

Saraki’s four years as Senate President, on the other hand, are proof of his ability to lead Nigeria effectively. Although Saraki is from the North Central region, he is seen as a presidential candidate who can stand in the middle of the South and the North, making him a good fit for the job if and when a northern joker emerges in 2023.

Chukwuma Soludo was born in the month of July 1960. He is currently the factional gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance. He is an economist and former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He is also a member of the Advisory Group for the British Department for International Development.

Soludo has worked as a visiting scholar at the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Brookings Institution, the University of Warwick, and the University of Oxford, as well as a visiting professor at Swarthmore College (USA). He’s also worked as a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the United Nations Development Programme.

Soludo, a southerner from the East with experience in both the private and public sectors, is currently preoccupied with his governorship ambitions in Anambra State and may not have considered the presidency. He does, however, fit the bill.

Godwin Emefiele, the current Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, was born in August 1961. He has a bachelor’s degree in science. Both a bachelor’s degree in finance (1984) and a master’s degree in finance (1986) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a Stanford University, Harvard University (2004), and Wharton School of Business Executive Education alumnus (2005).

He knows exactly what is wrong with the economy, having led Nigeria’s largest bank, Zenith Bank Plc, for eight years and the Central Bank for six. His Anchor Borrowers programme has aided poor farmers all over the country, especially in the north, where he is popular.

In the Southwest, where he was born and known as Omoluabi, he is also well-known. Emefiele is fluent in Yoruba. And he’s an Igbo from the South-South speaking. This is a perfect match for the demand for an Igbo-speaking president. Emefiele would make an excellent president.

Godwin Obaseki is the current Governor of Edo State, having been born in July 1957. Before becoming governor, he was the chairman of the Edo State Economic and Strategy Team, which was established in March 2009 by former Governor Adams Oshiomole.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stock Brokers and holds postgraduate degrees in Finance and International Business. Afrinvest was one of the private companies where Obaseki served on the executive board.

He clearly has both private and public sector experience as governor and businessman. Perhaps he needs to work on his disposition and ability to control tendencies. He is, however, very close to meeting the rudimentary requirement.

Herbert Wigwe was born in the month of August in the year 1966. He is the Group Managing Director/CEO of Access Bank Plc, one of Africa’s fastest-growing financial institutions. Wigwe holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Nigeria, a master’s degree in banking and finance from the University College of North Wales (now Bangor), a master’s degree in financial economics from the University of London, and is a Harvard Business School Executive Management Program alumnus.

Apart from his connections with politicians, however, his political credentials do not come close to meeting the requirements for the presidency, unless he learns on the job. His current position allows him to network across divides and interests.

Ibikunle Amosun, a two-term senator and former governor of Ogun State, was born in January 1958. Amosun earned a Higher National Diploma (HND) from Ogun State Polytechnic in 1983.

In 1990, he joined the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) as an Associate member, and in 1996, he was elected a Fellow of the Institute. He also joined the Nigerian Chartered Institute of Taxation as an Associate Member (1998).

In today’s Ogun State, Amosun is the single most important political issue. With an unfathomable closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari and a network of relationships spanning the country, Amosun is widely regarded as the president’s top choice from the Southwest if given the opportunity.

Amosun not only comes from a strategic location in the country, but he also has experience in both the private and public sectors, giving him a significant advantage in the job.

Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State Dr. Kayode Fayemi was born in February 1965 and is currently the Governor of Ekiti State. He previously served as governor from 2010 to 2014, as well as Minister of Solid Minerals Development in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet from 11 November 2015 to 30 May 2018, when he resigned to run for governor for the second time.

He graduated from the University of Lagos and the University of Ife with degrees in history, politics, and international relations (now Obafemi Awolowo University). He earned a Doctorate in War Studies from King’s College London from 1989 to 1992, specialising in civil-military relations.

On a scale, Fayemi is thought to be the most advantageous from the Southwest, as a Christian with considerable political clout. His chairmanship of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) gives him an unrivalled advantage, giving him access to his colleagues’ ears.

And, given the ongoing extrapolation of a majority of the northern governors, who are predominantly Muslims, pairing with a Christian southern governor is the only risk they are willing to take, especially after they allegedly resolved to ensure that both the president and vice president positions were filled by governors – former or current. Fayemi is the right person for the job.

Professor Kingsley Moghalu is already a presidential candidate for 2023. He taught at Tufts University as Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy from 2015 to 2017. He is a lawyer, author, and former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. In the general election of February 2019, he ran as the presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP). He is the president of the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation (IGET), a public policy think tank, and the founder of Sogato Strategies LLC, a global investment advisory firm. He is a possible presidential candidate, with a background primarily in the private sector. He once ran in an election, despite the fact that he was barely noticed in the results. Leonard Stanley Ekeh, also known as Leo Stan Ekeh, was born in February 1956. He is well-versed in economics, particularly how to use technology to transform an economy. He is the founder and chairman of Zinox Group, as well as the chairman of, a leading online retailer. He aspired to own Nigeria’s largest transportation company in his early years. He went on to Punjab University in India for his university education, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. Ekeh considers his time in India to have been a pivotal moment in his career because he found India’s economy to be realistic. He also has a master’s degree in risk management from Nottingham University. He, too, has a large network of friends across the country as well as ties to some of the world’s largest tech firms. His relationship with the political class, like that of some of his business contemporaries, is limited and defined. With so many factors working in his favour, his lack of political knowledge is a significant disadvantage. For as long as votes count, however, whether Nigeria wants him that way or not is a different kettle of fish.

Nasir El-Rufai was born in February 1960 and is the Governor of Kaduna State. From 2003 to 2007, he served as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and Director of the Bureau of Public Enterprises. El-Rufai earned a bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying with first-class honours from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.

He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University with a Master of Business Administration in 1984. Since then, he has attended a number of professional and post-graduate programmes, including the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., as well as programmes on privatisation and leadership.

El-Rufai, no doubt, has always had his sights set on the presidency, despite his belief that a younger person would be a better fit for the nation’s top job. Surprisingly, he has been a proponent of restoring power to the south almost since the beginning of this administration. Whether or not he would accept to deputise someone is a different storey.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, MD Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, MD Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, MD Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, MD Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, MD Ngo She is the current Director-General of the World Trade Organization and an economist. She is the first African woman and the first woman to lead a global trade organisation. She serves on the boards of Danone, Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Mandela Institute for Development Studies, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, One Campaign, GAVI: Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.

Aside from Amina, she is another woman who many people believe deserves a chance to lead the country out of its funk. Okon-Iweala has unquestionably distinguished herself in service to her country and, indeed, the entire world.

She may, however, have a different fate than Amina. While she is from the south and may benefit from the zoning movement, the question of whether Nigeria is ready for a female president remains unanswered.

Peter Obi was born in the month of July in the year 1961. He is a politician and businessman who ran for Vice President in the general election of 2019. Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1984.

He attended Lagos Business School, where he completed his Chief Executive Officers programme; Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, where he completed two programmes; London School of Economics, Columbia Southwest School, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, New York, He also studied at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management in the United States, the Said Business School at Oxford University, and the George Business School at Cambridge University.

Obi, a Christian from the country’s Southeast, has everything going for him, including a thorough understanding of the issues and the ability to sell them. As the battle for zoning in the Southeast rages, the entire South will have to answer whether or not the Southeast can get it. He does, however, fit the bill.

Rotimi Amaechi is the current Minister of Transportation, having been born in May 1965. From 2007 to 2015, he was Governor of Rivers State, and from 1999 to 2007, he was Speaker of the State House of Assembly.

Amaechi graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Studies and Literature in 1987. He is currently pursuing a law degree at a Nigerian university.

Amaechi is one of the few ministers in President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet who has distinguished himself in terms of performance, and has, strangely, become the administration’s face and poster child.

Apart from fitting the profile of the president that Nigeria requires, Amaechi is one of the few actors who has made it clear that he wants to be president. He is not only working to achieve this goal, but he is also constructing bridges to that end.

With a stellar track record as a minister and a wide network of friends across the country, aided by his two terms as Buhari’s campaign director general, Amaechi is also thought to have the financial resources to wage a presidential election campaign.

Furthermore, he is a Catholic Christian, which many Northern Muslim governors may wish to deputise for a more balanced presidential ticket.

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi Sanusi was born in the month of July in the year 1961. He was the Emir of Kano in the past. He was previously the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Chief Executive Officer of First Bank. Sanusi is the leader of the Tijaniyyah Sufi order in Nigeria, which is the second largest Sufi order in the country after the Qadiriyya Sufi order. In 1981, he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in economics from Ahmadu Bello University. Sanusi has worked in both the private and public sectors and has a large network of contacts across the country. He is aware of how the economy works.

Segun Agbaje is the Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company. He was born in 1964. He is also a PepsiCo director and a member of the Mastercard Middle East and Africa Advisory Board. Agbaje earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting and business administration from the University of San Francisco in California.

He began his career with Ernst & Young in San Francisco before joining GTBank in 1991. In January 2000, he was promoted to Executive Director, and in August 2002, he was promoted to Deputy Managing Director.

Agbaja has always worked in the private sector, with no political experience, so combining the two may be difficult, as his only option, which is to learn on the job, may be too costly for the Nigerian people’s patience. Agbaje, a Christian, is within the age range of those being sourced, and comes from a privileged area – the Southwest.

Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, was born in December of 1967. He is a businessman, politician, and philanthropist who was the General Manager of Makon Group Limited, an indigenous oil and gas company, until his election.

After years of work experience with international oil and gas companies, he founded his first oil and gas private company, Makon Engineering and Technical Services (METS), at the age of 29 in 1997. At the University of Lagos, he earned his first degree in Electrical Engineering. He received training in automation in the year 2000.

In 2002, he attended Jiskoot Auto Control Training Centre in Kent, England, to study Fundamentals of Crude Sampling. He also studied Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States in 2005.

Makinde, who has worked in both the private and public sectors, checks nearly all of the qualifications for the job for which a competent hand is needed. Will he, like some of his colleagues on the list, be willing to forego a near-certain re-election in exchange for the unknown presidency?

Importantly, being a member of the opposition PDP may work against him if his party opens up the ticket and does not specifically zone it to the South and Southwest.

Timipre Sylva Timipre Sylva was born in July 1964 and is presently the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources. He had a stint as governor of oil-rich Bayelsa State. Sylva graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with distinction in English (Linguistics) in 1986. At the time, he was the best graduating student from his department and departmental valedictorian. He was subsequently awarded a Doctor in International Relations (Honoris causa) by the UBIS University in 2011. Sylva was awarded his second Doctorate (Honoris Causa) in Public Administration on the 2nd of December 2020 by AiPA (African Institute of Public Administration, Leading Edge Foundation and LBBS. Over the years, he has developed a network of friends across the country and as a former governor currently holding a political office, there’s no debating the fact that he understands both the business and politics of governance. Interestingly, those said to be looking in the way of Sylva were believed to be considering him as an option to neutralise the influence and weight of Amaechi in the Niger Delta. Although Sylva and Amaechi were believed to have closed ranks sometime back, it is not certain they would not resume another round of hostility as 2023 inches close. That said, Sylva comes close in the category of potential presidential material.   Tony Elumelu Tony Elumelu was born in March, 1963. He is an economist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is also the chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation. Elumelu was named among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. He hails from Delta State and has two degrees in economics from Nigerian universities: a bachelor’s degree from Ambrose Alli University and Master of Science degree from the University of Lagos. A shrewd private sector actor, Elumelu’s political inclination appears not sufficient except he learns on the job too. Although he also carries with him some street smartness, which could provide some leverage, how much of contacts he has is definitely not in doubt. With age, knowledge, experience, money and influence, he  may not be a bad choice after all.   Udoma Udo Udoma Udoma Udo Udoma is a former Minister of Budget and National Planning. He is the founding partner of Udo Udoma & Belo Osagie – one of Nigeria’s oldest and largest commercial law firms. He attended St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, England, where he obtained a B.A. (Law) degree in 1976 and a B.C.L. degree in jurisprudence in 1977. He was called to the Nigerian Bar Association in 1978, after obtaining a B.L. degree at the Nigerian Law School. Evidently in his sixties and with experience in both the private and the public sectors, Udoma has a lot to offer, especially, with his disciplined disposition. A Christian too, he might have to battle internal party antics to get any close. But, without a doubt, he has distinguished himself as worthy.   Yemi Osinbajo Professor Yemi Osinbajo was born in March 1957 and is currently the vice president. A professor of law, he had his undergraduate degree at the University of Lagos, where he obtained a Second Class Honours (Upper Division) Degree in Law. In 1979, he completed the mandatory one-year professional training at the Nigerian Law School, whereon he was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of Nigeria’s Supreme Court. In 1980, he attended the London School of Economics, where he obtained a Master of Laws degree. Given a different field of play, Osinbajo should have been the most eligible to take over from Buhari in 2023. First, he is a Christian of the Pentecostal denomination. Two, he is from the Southwest. Three, he is in his sixties. Four, he can combine both politics and the economy for a smooth run governance. Although he is believed to have zero political base, which is understandable, it is also arguable that he might have learnt on the job, whilst his understanding of the nation’s economy is by every inch not in doubt. Above all, having walked with Buhari for eight years, no one can sell the programmes of the administration better or able to sustain the programmes of the regime, whose CHANGE mantra is predicated on the tripod of economy, corruption and security – the three major monsters still confronting the nation till date, than Osinbajo. Unfortunately, Osinbajo is believed to have had it pretty much rough with some of those believed to be controlling other levers of power – a friction that has created an irredeemable level of mistrust. That, of course, appears his only but major undoing as he continues to stealthily eye the presidency.

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