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Africa News of Monday, 11 October 2021


Nigeria's possible presidents after 2023: Meet 4 potential successors of Buhari

VP Osinbajo looks on as Buhari addresses a cabinet meeting VP Osinbajo looks on as Buhari addresses a cabinet meeting

The question many Nigerians ask is who will succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

However, four names from the southern region of the All Progressives Congress have popped up, listing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as a potential candidate to lead the party in the general election.

Other names include, Governor Kayode Fayemi, Babatunde Raji Fashola and Governor Dave Umahi.

Although the campaign for the zoning of the presidency is still ongoing.

These persons as compiled by are:

1. Yemi Osinbajo

Although in a Punch publication, the Nigerian vice president had made it known through his media aide, Laolu Akande, that he has no intention to run for the presidency, the expectation among a considerable number of well-meaning citizens is that he should take his political career a step higher.

2. Governor Kayode Fayemi

The Ekiti governor who seems to have a very small list of detractors naturally endears himself to the hearts of those who still believe in the leadership. As the chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Fayemi is in a clique of influential governors who can pull massives strings when it comes to the presidency.

3. Babatunde Raji Fashola

Loved more as a technocrat who evidentially knows his onions than as a politician, the minister of works and housing often command rapped attention whenever he speaks. Countless Lagosians are of the view that if this former governor gets the chance to become president, Nigeria will experience more of the swift positive changes Lagos state witnessed under him.

4. Governor Dave Umahi

Even if the Ebonyi governor may not be extremely popular because of insecurity challenges characterised by IPOB/ESN members' activities in the state, his recent defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) draws him nearer to power at the centre.

It may not be a mere thing of chance that Umahi's defection to the ruling party coincides with growing agitations for an Igbo presidency from the southeast.