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The 20 Presidential Candidates in Battle For Aso Rock

 

As Nigerians head into the campaign season for the 2019 elections, the political landscape will be littered  with   billboards and  posters of presidential candidates who are slugging it out to occupy the Aso Rock Villa.

On the whole 20 candidates will jostle for the most coveted office in the land having clinched the presidential tickets of their respective parties. In this report, Gabriel Atumeyi unveils the presidential candidates  and their political platforms.

Muhammadu Buhari All Progressives Congress(APC)

Muhammadu Buhari GCFR is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The 76 -year old is the incumbent President of Nigeria and has been in office since 2015.
He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.
Muhammadu Buhari was born to a Fulani family on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and mother Zulaihat.  He is the twenty-third child of his father. At 19 Buhari enrolled at Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) in 1961. In February 1964, the college was upgraded to an officer commissioning unit of the Nigerian Army and renamed the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) (prior to 1964, the Nigerian government sent cadets who had completed their NMTC preliminary training to mostly Commonwealth military academies for officer cadet training). From 1962 to 1963, Buhari underwent officer cadet training at Mons Officer Cadet School in Aldershot in England.
In January 1963, at age 21, Buhari was commissioned a second lieutenant and appointed Platoon Commander of the Second Infantry Battalion in Abeokuta, Nigeria. From November 1963 to January 1964, Buhari attended the Platoon Commanders’ Course at the Nigerian Military Training College, Kaduna. In 1964, he facilitated his military training by attending the Mechanical Transport Officer’s Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden, United Kingdom.
From 1965 to 1967, Buhari served as commander of the Second Infantry Battalion and appointed brigade major, Second Sector, First Infantry Division, April 1967 to July 1967.
From 1 August 1975 to 3 February 1976, General Murtala Mohammed, appointed Buhari as Governor of the North-Eastern State, to oversee social, economic and political improvements in the state. Buhari also briefly served as Governor of Borno state from 3 February 1976 to 15 March 1976.
March 1976, the Head of State, General Olusegun Obasanjo, appointed Buhari as the Federal Commissioner (position now called Minister) for Petroleum and Natural Resources. When the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation was created in 1977, Buhari was also appointed as its Chairman, a position he held until 1978.
From 1978 to 1979, he was Military Secretary at the Army Headquarters and was a member of the Supreme Military Council from 1978 to 1979. From 1979 to 1980, at the rank of colonel, Buhari (class of 1980) attended the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the United States, and gained a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies. Upon completion of the on-campus full-time resident program lasting ten months and the two-year-long, distance learning program, the United States Army War College (USAWC) college awards its graduate officers a master’s degree in Strategic Studies.
Major-General Buhari was one of the leaders of the military coup of December 1983 that overthrew the democratically elected government of President Shehu Shagari. At the time of the coup plot, Buhari was the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Third Armored Division of Jos.The coup ended Nigeria’s short-lived Second Republic, a period of multi-party democracy started in 1979.
He was later overthrown and imprisoned by General Ibrahim Babagida in 1985.
Under General Sani Abacha, Buhari served as the Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), a body created by the government of  Abacha, and funded from the revenue generated by the increase in price of petroleum products, to pursue developmental projects around the country.
He later unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003 and 2007 under the platform of the All Nigerian Peoples Party, and in 2011 under the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar-Peoples Democratic Party(PDP)

Atiku Abubakar GCON, is the Presidential candidate of the PDP. The 72 year old was vice-president of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, where he served under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Popularly known as Turaki after his traditional title turakin Adamawa, he worked in the Nigeria Customs Service for twenty years, rising to become the Deputy Director, as the second highest position in the Service was then known. He retired in April 1989 and took up full-time in business and politics. He ran for the office of governor in the Gongola State (now Adamawa and Taraba States) in 1991, and for the Presidency in 1993, placing third after MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe in the Social Democratic Party (SDP) primaries.
In 1998 he was elected Governor of Adamawa State. While still Governor-Elect he was selected by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate Olusegun Obasanjo as his running mate. The duo went on to win the election in February 1999 with 62.78 percent of the vote and Abubakar was sworn-in as Nigeria’s second democratically elected vice president on 29 May 1999.
Abubakar’s second term as Vice President was marked by a stormy relationship with President Obasanjo.
Arising from the latter’s bid to amend certain provisions of the constitution in order to take another shot at the presidency for the third consecutive time.
His bid to succeed Obasanjo did not receive the latter’s support, and it took a judgment of the Supreme Court to allow Abubakar contest after he was initially disqualified by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the grounds that he had been indicted for financial misconduct by an investigating panel set up at Obasanjo’s behest. The Supreme Court ordered the electoral commission to restore Abubakar’s name onto the presidential ballot. Abubakar ran on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), having quit the PDP on account of his issues with President Obasanjo.
Turaki lost the election, placing third after Umaru Yar’Adua and current President Muhammadu Buhari then in All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) with approximately 7% of the vote (2.6 million votes). He rejected the election results and called for its cancellation, describing it as Nigeria’s “worst election ever.
Following the 2007 elections, Abubakar returned to the People’s Democratic Party. In October 2010 he announced his intention to contest for the Presidency. On 22 November, a Committee of Northern Elders selected him as the Northern Consensus Candidate, over former Military President Ibrahim Babangida, former National Security Adviser Aliyu Gusau and Governor Bukola Saraki of Kwara State.
In January 2011, Mr Atiku contested for the Presidential ticket of his party alongside President Jonathan and Sarah Jubril, and lost the primary, garnering 805 votes to President Jonathan’s 2736.
On 2 February 2014, Atiku Abubakar and his New PDP fold left the Peoples Democratic Party to join the newly formed All Progressives Congress (APC). According to local media reports, he contested the party’s primary against Muhammadu Buhari in december 2014 coming third after Rabiu Kwankwaso and pulling 954 votes against Buhari’s 3,430
Not feeling at home in the new APC government, on Friday, 24 November 2017, Abubakar announced his exit from the All Progressives Congress (APC), a party he helped to form and in december announced his return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).  According to him, he decided to ‘return home’ to the PDP now that issues which made him leave the party have been resolved.
He became the presidential flagbearer on October 7, 2018 for the People’s Democratic Party for the 2019 general election, Atiku Abubakar polled 1,532 to beat 11 other contestants. His closet rival, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state scored 693 votes.
A seasoned businessman, he is the co-founder of Intels, an oil servicing business with extensive operations in Nigeria and abroad. He is also the founder of Adama Beverages Limited, and the American University of Nigeria (AUN), both in Yola, Adamawa.
As Vice-President of Nigeria he presided over the National Council on Privatization, overseeing the sale of hundreds of loss-making and poorly managed public enterprises.
In 1999 he, alongside South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma, launched the South Africa Nigeria Binational Commission.
Prince Ojajuni Iniola
Prince Ojajuni Iniola Joseph, is the Presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD). He was born on the 28th of December, 1978 to the royal family of Ojajuni Karaki, descendant of Mesere family in Ugbo Kingdom, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Eniola Joseph Ojajuni had his Primary School education in Ebute- Ipare Primary School, Ilaje Local Government Area, Ondo State. Were he proceeded to Ajao Estate High school in Anthony Village, Lagos.
Prince Eniola,later secured admission into Lagos State University (LASU), where he studied Law for his first degree and then proceeded to Ghana Business School to gain knowledge in Business Administration.
He started his business career at a very tender age. As a young person, who developed interest in his mother’s business, Prince Eniola helped his mother in selling dried and smoked fish. His enthusiasm towards this business prompted some Lebanese, who dealt with importation of Fish at Ijora Olopa, Ijesha, to advise him to register a company that would enable him import Sardine Fish.
Eniola Ojajuni in his wisdom suggested to the Lebanese that instead of importing Sardine Fish, Nigeria can become a major produce of Sardine Fish since the commodity in abundance is in the coastal areas of Ondo state and other riverine areas in Nigeria, and all that was needed was branding and packaging.
The Lebanese developed interest in his idea and a proposal was written in this regard to the then Ondo State Governor, Late Olusegun Agagu in 2011. The then Ondo State Government was pleased with the proposed but due to lack of infrastructure, the implementation of the project was stopped.
In the same 2011, Prince Eniola proceeded into importing wines and commodity goods. He became a consultant to the then Oceanic Bank on investment banking and also a consultant to metropolitan bank on investment and strategy.
Prince Eniola Joseph Ojajuni is a consultant to Vega Foods, Singapore on Africa investment and also a consultant to Delta State Investment Agency on Direct Investment.
Prince Eniola Ojajuni has successfully written over 200 proposals to investors including over 25 state Governors, past and present in Nigeria. He has also written over 1,500 articles in the past 3 years on Investment and National Policy for Local newspapers in Nigeria and abroad.
Prince Eniola began his journey to Politics while in School. He once served as Students Representatives Council (SRC) in Lagos State University (LASU), 2002/2003 Academic session which led him become a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
He contested for the Lagos State House of Assembly, Kosofe constituency II in 2015 under the Alliance for Democracy. In 2016, he was an aspirant during the Ondo State Gubernatorial Election.
In 2017, at the Yoruba Youth Summit, he was presented with the creative leadership award by voice of Yoruba Youth. Also in the same year, he was presented an award by the African Youth Initiative in Ghana as one of the Africa’s Enterprising Youth.
Eniola had been to various business schools across African countries and Europe.
In a recent  interview, he said his first task, once elected President in 2019, would be to redefine the 1999 Constitution, and make it a people’s constitution.

Victor Okhai- Youth Democratic Party (YDP).

Victor Okhai is the Presidential candidate of the Youth Democratic Party (YDP).
The 51-year old hails from Edo State, in the South-South geo-political zone.
Okhai attended Command Secondary School, Jos, Plateau State and is a graduate of Mass Communications from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he furthered his studies with a Master’s degree in Public Relations.
Mr Okhai’s quest to increase his knowledge led him to several institutions of higher learning, which includes; School of Media, Pan-African University (Certificate on Media Enterprise), University of Lagos (Diploma in Criminal Justice Administration), National Film and Television Institute (Certificate, Film Editing), Centre for Management (Post Graduate Diploma, Management) DW Akadamie, Berlin, Germany (Diploma, Events Management/film festival organization) and University of California, Los Angeles (Certificate in Film/Cinema and Video studies).
He was a guest at the American film market (2013), and has been a partner with the Goethe-Institute, Lagos since 1988.
An accomplished film-maker, Okhai is a veteran broadcast journalist, with over thirty year experience in the media industry.
He has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the Nigeria movie industry (Nollywood), giving it  global exposure.
The versatile and notable Nigerian is a producer, scriptwriter, director, cinematographer, freelance journalist and logistics provider for major international Film companies and TV networks including BBC, Aljazeera, CNN amongst others.
Other corporations/organizations Okhai has engaged are McKinsey, Oxfam, Human Rights Watch and  Unilever.
He is currently the Director of the International Film and Broadcast Academy Lagos, he is in great demand as a speaker and resource person on film locally and internationally.
The International Film and Broadcast Academy through the efforts of Victor Okhai has produced over 700 films in the entertainment space.
In 2008 at BOBTV he presented the now classical reference material widely quoted and circulated on the internet; a paper titled “Emerging Talents – Nollywood and the new wave African cinema.” Later that year he was invited to Konrad Wolf university of film and television, Potsdam, to deliver a paper on Nollywood.
He was also invited to deliver a paper on Guerilla film distribution strategies -the Nollywood example in Pretoria SA, in 2008.
When the German President came visiting Nigeria in 2008, he was asked by Goethe Institut to do a paper on The Nollywood Phenomenon and present to the visiting dignitary and his team. He has also been a key Resource Person at a UNFPA workshop for scriptwriters in Nollywood on Enter-Educate drama and at another by the Dept. Of State of the US embassy in Nigeria.
Victor is one of the few Africans that has headed the panel of Judges, in International film festivals including Cairo, Fespaco and Schnitt International film festival.
He was Co-founder of the Directors’ Guild of Nigeria and has produced and directed several documentaries, movies and television series locally and internationally.
Mr Victor Okhai working with Goethe-Institut has been hosting the International Short Film Festival in Nigeria, the first ever in the country and Sub-Saharan Africa.
From the media and entertainment Industry, he developed a deep passion for politics and governance in Nigeria, which has crystallized into his ambition to lead the nation.
As a political and public affairs analyst, the veteran journalist brings a deep and incisive analysis to socio-political issues and features on major television stations like TVC and Silverbird TV.
He is a recipient of the prestigious International Visitor’s Programme fellowship of the German Foreign Ministry and President, Lagos German Alumni Association.

Donald Duke – Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Donald Duke is the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The 57 year old former governor of Cross River state is considered as one of the finest and pragmatic leaders in Nigeria, with a passion for governance and a hands-on skill for delivering key transformational projects that drive socio-economic development.
As Governor of Cross River  State (1999-2007) Donald Duke transformed the capital city Calabar into a viable tourism, commercial and sports hub in Nigeria, with the annual “Calabar Festival”, renovation of the “U.J Esuene Stadium” to host national and continental tournaments. Duke also invested in the repositioning of the “Obudu Cattle Ranch” as a leading resort centre in the country, hosting international conferences and the “Obudu Mountain Race”,
while his dream to drive  business and tourism in the State, led to the pace-setting 10,000 square meters Tinapa Business resort which was at the period the frontier economic zone project.
Apart from the tourism and commercial projects, Former Governor Duke led some significant infrastructure projects, improving the road network across the Capital city Calabar and other parts of the State.
Under his watch as Governor, Calabar the capital city of Cross River State was a beehive of socio-economic activities and a delight for tourists and visitors from various parts of the globe.
It is not surprising therefore that he has been engaged by other States, since 2007 as a consultant for transformation and beautification projects.
His transformational leadership has endeared him to many young Nigerians, who see him as a role model leader and politician. In terms of political history, Duke was a member of the G-34 political movement that challenged the Military junta of Late Gen. Sani Abacha for democratic rule in Nigeria.
Prior to his emergence as Governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke was the former Commissioner of Finance, Budget &  Planning  to the third republic civilian Governor Dr Clement Ebri and the member of the National Economic Advisory and Intelligence Committee under the Abacha regime.
Duke a lawyer also forayed into the business as the Chairman of Allied Merchants & Brokers, a Sole Africa franchise for U.S based Uncle Ben’s rice.
In the area of legal practice, Duke teamed up with friends to establish the Lagos based Law Partnership of Onyia & Duke. Through the practice he was able to manage the family’s shipping business, when he became Chief Executive of Hegeds International Limited.
The former Cross River State Governor was also a member of the Board of Directors at the Voice of Nigeria, which was his first experience in public office.
His ambition to lead is a decade old as in 2007 he stepped down for Late President Umaru Yar’adua, in line with the desire of the then ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
As a principled and focused politician, Governor Duke has since 1999 remained an active member of the Peoples Democratic Party, and there has been no record of him defecting even when his political ambitions was not realized.
Duke has a rich exposure as his primary education was in Corona and St Mary’s College in Lagos, while he attended the Unity Schools in Sokoto and Ilorin, in the North-West and North-Central regions of Nigeria.
He is one of the most sought after resource persons and leaders in key conferences that cover economic, socio-political and national development across the country.
On his renewed ambition to lead Nigeria, it is all about an opportunity to give Africa’s largest democracy dominated by young people, hope and direction.
In the beginning of this year he identified with the Coalition for Nigeria Movement led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, that seeks to reposition Nigeria’s socio-political space.
On 8th June 2018, Donald Duke declared interest in running for presidency in 2019.
On Tuesday, 4th September, 2018, Donald Duke after much silence as to what party he’ll be running under for president, announced that he’ll be leaving PDP and run under SDP

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu- Young Democratic Party (YDP).

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is the presidential of Young Democratic Party (YDP). He is a political economist, lawyer and former United Nations Official. He served as  Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from 2009 to 2014. His expertise in risk management led to an invitation and appointment at the CBN as risk management skill and knowledge was much in demand after the global financial crisis of 2008.
He is also a Professor of Practice in International Business and Public Policy at the prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a premier US university in Boston, Massachusetts.
Premier American universities only confer the title of “professor of practice” on selected, highly accomplished individuals who combine intellectual achievements with high-level real world experience beyond the ivory tower.
Professor Kingsley Bosah Chiedu Ayodele Moghalu was born in Lagos on May 7, 1963. He is the first of five children. His father, Shortly after his birth, his father was posted to Geneva, Switzerland. The Moghalu family spent a year in Switzerland and then moved to Washington, DC in 1964 when Isaac Moghalu was posted to the Nigerian Embassy there. In 1967, the family returned to Nigeria.
After his secondary education at Eziama High School, Aba, Government College, Umuahia, and Federal Government College, Enugu, Kingsley Moghalu obtained a degree in law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1987.
He underwent his National Youth Service Corps as a Legal Officer at Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Ltd in Lagos. He did a subsequent three-year stint that combined law and journalism as General Counsel of Newswatch, the leading newsmagazine in Nigeria at the time, a prolific contributor to the opinion pages of The Guardian newspaper, and a special correspondent in Nigeria for several US and European newspapers including Africa News Service (forerunner of AllAfrica Global Media), South, and the Christian Science Monitor.
Kingsley Moghalu left Nigeria again in 1991 for his post-graduate education at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, turning down an offer from a friend to remain in Nigeria and become the company secretary of a new generation bank that was being set up in Lagos. His sights were set squarely on a loftier dream, one that called for delayed gratification. That goal was a career in the United Nations. Moghalu was awarded the Joan Gillespie Fellowship at The Fletcher School. He obtained a master’s degree in international relations from there in 1992.
Kingsley Moghalu was appointed into the United Nations (UN) Secretariat in 1992 by then Secretary-General Boutros-Boutros Ghali on the basis of individual merit. In the UN, Moghalu worked hard and rose through the ranks from entry level Associate Officer to the highest career rank of Director. Along the way, he handled legal, strategic planning and executive management assignments at UN Headquarters in New York and in Cambodia, Croatia, Tanzania, and Switzerland.
In 2006, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Moghalu as one of five members of the high-level Redesign Panel on the UN Internal Justice System that overhauled the regulatory compliance, accountability, and dispute resolution framework that governs the global workforce of the UN. This was a core aspect of UN management reform. This six-month special assignment was at the nominal level of Under-Secretary-General, the highest political rank in the UN below the Secretary-General.
Kingsley Moghalu had deferred his plan to study for a Ph.D. when he was appointed into the UN after his master’s degree in 1992. A decade later, he returned to his quest for knowledge. By now a senior officer in the UN system in Geneva, he enrolled and studied part-time and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in international relations at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2005. Kingsley Moghalu completed his 450-page doctoral dissertation in a record-breaking 12 months and his overall degree in 18 months.
Immediately after this, he studied for and obtained the International Certificate in Risk Management at the UK Institute of Risk Management in London. Later, he received further education in macroeconomics, financial policy, and corporate governance at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Institute.
In the course of his UN system career, Kingsley Moghalu helped design a comprehensive risk management system for the $20 billion Global Fund in Geneva, an international development finance fund established under UN auspices. There, he was also the Head of Global Partnerships and Resource Mobilization and a member of the Risk Committee.
As his passion for risk management grew, Kingsley Moghalu’s interests shifted to the private sector. He resigned his permanent appointment in the UN in January 2009 and established Sogato Strategies in Geneva with the minimum capital of 100,000 Swiss francs required to set up a Societe Anonyme (limited liability) corporation in Switzerland. The risk advisory firm soon won profitable mandates from global corporations such as the Swiss bank UBS and Syngenta, the Swiss agrochemicals multinational.
Kingsley Moghalu is a much sought after public speaker at global forums, and is a frequent commentator on global media such as CNN, BBC World TV, Bloomberg, and the London Financial Times.

Tope Kolade Fasua- Abundance Renewal Party of Nigeria (ARPN).

Tope Kolade Fasua  is the presidential candidate of Abundance Renewal Party of Nigeria (ARPN). He is a 47 year old businessman, economist and writer. He is the founder and CEO of Global Analytics Consulting Limited, an international consulting firm with its headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. As a political reformer, he founded the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) and was elected the National Chairman of the Party since February 2018. Fasua has authored numerous columns on newspapers and four books. Mr. Fasua got his first degree in Economics from the Ondo State University and a master’s degree in Financial Markets and Derivatives from the UK. He has vast experiences in the banking sector.
Mr. Fasua wants to be president on the platform of the party he leads. The newspaper columnist and TV analyst declared his intention in November 2016 on his Facebook page.
He said in a recent media interview on why he is running: “I was inspired by the need to stop complaining about how things are, or how badly Nigeria is run and to be responsible enough to do something about this country myself. Plus I have many strong ideas about how things should be run. As an economist, that is all I think about. I have written four books on the Nigerian socio-economy, and perhaps over 2000 articles.”

Adesina  Fagbenro-Byron- Presidential candidate of KOWA Party

Adesina Ayodele Fagbenro-Byron is the Presidential candidate of KOWA party. The 59 year old is a former governance adviser with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), he is a lawyer and Afro-jazz musician.
Byron was born on June 5, 1959, in UCH Ibadan to barrister Samuel Adekunle Fagbenro and Victoria Modupe oke. He is an alumnus of Mary Hill Convent’s Primary School in Ibadan, Ibadan College 1970–1974 and the Federal Government College 1975–77, Ilorin. He has a BSc (Economics), LL.B (Bachelor of Laws), M.Inf.Sc (Master’s Information Science) from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. He was called to the bar at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1989.
Byron worked for 10 years with the United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) but retired in September 2015; he served as governance adviser in the delivery of several federal level governance programs, regional coordinator for South West and South East Nigeria as well as Head of Office, for Lagos and Enugu respectively.
He has also served as resource person to past and present governments especially in structuring development support and technical assistance to state and non-state actors.
He is chief responsibility officer of Mothergold Ltd, founder of Sina Fagbenro & Associates in 1990, initiator of the Partnerships for Development (P4D) and co-founder and chairman of the Victoria Modupe Oke Foundation.
In 2001 he contested for the local government Chairmanship Election in the Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)  but later withdrew.
In July 2009, he joined the KOWA party as founding member with others including Chinua Azuzu, Fola Adeola, Ngozi iwere, Muktar Bakare, Remi Sonaiya, Mark Adebayo, the current general secretary and Saidu Bobboi, national chairman.


Moses Godia Shipi – All Blending Party (ABP

Moses Godia Shipi is the presidential candidate of All Blending Party (ABP). The 39 year old is a business man and an Influential politician from Bauchi State.
An ethnic Ngas Christian from Bauchi State, he was Born into the family of Mr Moses Dawaki Shipi and Mrs Lami Dawaki Shipi. He attended Boi Central Primary School in Bogoro, Bauchi State-Nigeria, from where he went to Gonerit Memorial Collage – Tuwan. Kabwir, in Plateau State  for his secondary education. He later attended Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) – Bauchi State, where he studied and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Quantity Surveying.
Mr Shipi was a former member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and was appointed as Personal Assistant to the Governor of  Bauchi State, Alh. (Dr). Malam Isah Yuguda in 2008 and 2010 respectively. He was the National Chairman of ALL BLENDING  PARTY (ABP) before becoming it’s presidential candidate.
Moses Godia Shipi is the proud CEO of several companies in Nigeria which includes – La_Shipson Construction Nigeria Limited, La_Shipson Oil & Gas Nigeria Limited, La_Shipson Shipping Company Nigeria Limited  which has been active since 2008 till date.
in a recent interview he describe his emergence as the party’s flag bearer as a “divine mandate”.
He said that he was prepared and confident to fly the party’s presidential flag in contest with candidates other political parties in the 2019 general elections.

Usman Ibrahim

Alhaji Usman Ibrahim is the presidential candidate of
was born on 27th July, 1970; the 48 year old hails from Marafakka, Kalgo Local Government Area of Kebbi State. He attended Army Children’s School, North Bank, Makurdi from 1976 to 1982 and Government Secondary School, Barracks, Makurdi, from 1982 to 1987, and later Bayero University Kano and University of Maiduguri. He is a graduate of Library and Information Science.
He has had training in Library and Information Software in various countries around the World. In 2003 he was a research fellow of IFLA/ALP Bart-Nwafor Fellowship in Kenya, where he took many courses in Information Communication Technology (ICT).
He has also made presentations at The Islamic Manuscript Association Annual Conference, Queens College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, International Conference of e-Society (IADIS) Portugal, African Digital Scholarship and Curation Conference, South Africa respectively, as well as Local and International Workshops, Seminars and Conferences including the Nigerian Library Association National Conference.
While working at the National Library of Nigeria, he served as head of Digitization and Digital Collection, he is also the member representing National Library at the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Stakeholders Interactive Forum and Member, National Library of Nigeria Information and Communication Technology Committee.
He was in the team that wrote the feasibility study on the Nigerian Virtual Library of Higher Institutions in Nigeria, organized and sponsored by UNESCO and the Japanese government.
Alhaji Ibrahim Usman was Coordinator of National Center of Expertise on Digital Collection Kashim Ibrahim Library, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigerian Coordinator of African Digital Libraries Support Network (ADLSN) and Country Director of Elsevier B.V. Netherlands in Nigeria responsible for marketing Elsevier Products and Coordinating Nigeria Elsevier Partnership (NEP), an initiative of the Committee of Vice- Chancellors of Nigerian Universities to provide research content, brain circle analysis and support for the creation of visibility of Nigerian research content.
After working with the National Library of Nigeria for some time, Usman established his consulting services and found more fulfilling engagement as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Room to Read Initiative, a Non-Governmental and non-profit organization with the sole objective of providing educational support for the non-privileged and underserved community. He is a businessman, managing two educational consulting companies and one agro-allied company.
In a recent interview he said the reference to youth as leaders of tomorrow has lost it’s relevance to the seeming timelessness of tomorrow in the face of an over-staying generation of leaders of yesterday. Today’s generation of youth of which he is a worthy ambassador and advocate, literally cannot wait to deploy their dynamism, intelligence, creativity and capacity, enhanced by the unprecedented insights and breakthroughs of the digital age, as a launch pad for moving Nigeria forward and out of the stagnated confines of outdated perspectives.

Fela Durotoye- Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN).

Fela Durotoye is the presidential candidate of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN). He is the Chief Executive Officer of the GEMSTONE GROUP, a Leadership Development Institution aimed at raising leaders of excellence and exemplary values who would be committed to building Nigeria into a most desirable nation to live in by Wednesday the 31st of December 2025.
Fela Durotoye is considered one of Nigeria’s leading strategists and business consultants with expertise in Culture Transformation, Service Leadership, Workforce Activation & Facilitating Strategic Retreats.
Fela Durotoye was a financial analyst at Ventures & Trusts Limited in 1992. He was the head of customer service department at Phillips Consulting Limited in 1998. He went on to start V.I.P Consulting Limited in year 2000 which soon became notable in customer and human management in Nigeria. The firm was restructured and switched from a consulting firm to a social enterprise called Visible Impact Limited.
Durotoye facilitates and speaks at management and leadership retreats across within and outside Nigeria.
The list of corporate clients in the private sector that have been assisted by Fela DUROTOYE in their quest for phenomenal service leadership culture and corporate transformation management spread across different spheres of the economy.
His clients in the Banking & Finance sectors include Access Bank, GTBank, First Bank, Zenith Bank, First City Monument Bank, Diamond Bank, Fidelity Bank, United Bank for Africa, Skye Bank, Stanbic IBTC Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, ARM Pensions, Vetiva Asset & Management Ltd and Cordros Capital.
His clients in the Oil & Gas sector include Shell Petroleum Development Corporation, Oando, Total, Addaxx Petroleum, Masters Energy, Bell Oil & Gas and the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company.
In the telecommunications sector, his clients include Airtel, MTN, Etisalat and Multichoice Nigeria.
In the Manufacturing & FMCG space, his clients include, Peugeot Automobiles, Printserve, Lafarge, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Nestle, Sanofi Aventis and Pfizer.
In the multilateral and public sectors, the client list also includes Eko Electricity Development Company (EKEDC), Benin Electricity Development Company (BEDC), African Finance Corporation, The European Union (EU Nigeria office), The Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) as well as the state governments of Lagos, Oyo, Kwara, Abia, Anambra, Bayelsa, Rivers, Ondo and Ekiti.
Fela currently mentors over 15,000 leaders in business, enterprise, education, religion and the professional services sectors on the platform of The Fela Durotoye Leadership Network.
Fela holds a Bachelors degree (B.Sc.) in Computer Science & Economics along with a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he wrote his MBA thesis on The Management of Change in Complex Organisations.
He is also an Alumnus of Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program of the prestigious Harvard University, Boston (Massachusetts). He has completed the High Impact Leadership for a Better Society program at the prestigious Yale University, New Haven (Connecticut). Fela also attended the Future Candidate program at The Leadership Institute, Arlington (Virginia) all in the United States of America in addition to being a certified leadership coach of the John Maxwell Team.
In 2015, Fela completed the Executive Seminar program on Strategy, Innovation & Governance with specific focus on Sustainability for NGOs and Corporate Organizations at the prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS).
Fela, in his firm belief that effective law enforcement will play a vital role in our social stability and national development, signed up for and completed the Supernumerary Police training program at the Nigerian Police Training School, Ikeja and received the Distinguished Student Award at his graduation and passing out parade.
Fela Durotoye is a guest lecturer on ETHICAL LEADERSHIP at the prestigious STANFORD UNIVERSITY| Seed Program to CEO’s of businesses with operations across the African continent.
He presently sits on the board of several companies across the spectrum of Nigerian’s economic space such as O NAPHTALI (leading scratch card print company in Nigeria), and BUBEZ FOOD COMPANY.
He is currently the chairman of the boards of Directors of some of Nigeria’s leading companies HOMEBASE MORTGAGE BANK LIMITED, I-ASPIRE MEDIA and and ORBRA ICT.
Fela is on the advisory board of Nigeria Canada Forum (NCF) based in Regina Canada.

Fela Durotoye has been at the forefront of the movement to build a New Nigeria for over a decade. He is renowned for history making on the national or global stage. Over the past decade, he has built a track record of National Transformation projects, many of which are so bold and audacious; near impossible tasks.
Notable among the too many to mention transformation projects which Fela has championed is the largest urban renewal project in Nigeria’s history known as MUSHIN MAKEOVER where Fela mobilized over 2,000 volunteers to paint 296 houses across 7 streets of the Mushin suburb of Lagos, AT NO CHARGE to the owners and resident of the buildings.
In the course of the Mushin Makeover project, over 100 unemployed youths were trained by Berger Paints PLC in ‘The Art & Technique of Painting’. Today, they have become vibrant painters and are able to earn a living as a result of the Mushin Makeover project.
On the 24th of November 2012, FD organized the epoch making GEMSTONE GLOBAL READING FESTIVAL where over 12,000 students spread across 18 state capitals in Nigeria as well as in 9 countries across Africa, Europe and the USA all read out aloud in their various locations selected sections of Fela’s book 17 SECRETS OF HIGH FLYING STUDENTS (17 SECRETS) at the exact same moment in time at the same time across several time zones.
This was the first-ever simultaneous global reading of a book in 17 cities in Nigeria and 17 countries across the world at the same moment in time (via live streaming). The reading was done simultaneously, taking into account, the different time zones of each reading centre.
During this project, Fela Durotoye donated 17,000 copies of the 17 SECRETS to students from Public schools, many of whom could not afford it all across the nation. With the aim of enhancing the reading culture

Also in  November 2012, Fela broke the world record for “autographing the largest number of books by one author” when he autographed non-stop 10,000 copies of his book in one-seating over a period of 8 hours and 43 minutes.
In 2014, the Deliver The Future Project was founded and embarked on a leadership and personal transformation tour to tertiary institutions such as University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Benson Idahosa University etc
The aim is to leave its trail in academic excellence by encouraging the academic and non-academic staff of schools to improve the standard of communication and process of knowledge transfer to create a more conducive learning environment.
The GEMSTONE Network actively engages transformational leaders at all levels of the society; through the GEMSTONE Leadership Clubs in over 300 primary and secondary schools as well as GEMSTONE Leaders ConnectNetwork on more than 70 campuses in tertiary institutions across Nigeria. The GEMSTONE Leadership Corpnetwork activates recent graduates on the National Youth Service Corp program to engage is community transformation projects across 30 states of the nation.
Perhaps Fela’s most significant contribution to Nation Building is the VALUE SYSTEM which he developed and is currently endorsed and actively promoted by over 30,000 Nigerians across all gender, tribe, social class or religious affirmation.
The 10 Values are encapsulated in a PERSONAL CREED of ten lifestyle statements as follows:
MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT on everyone you meet and everywhere you go.BE A SOLUTION PROVIDER and not a part of the problem to be solved.BE A ROLE MODEL worthy of emulation.BE YOUR BEST IN ALL YOU DO particularly the things you are naturally good at.DO THE RIGHT THING AT ALL TIMES regardless of who is doing the wrong thing.VALUE TIME and make the best use of it.CARE & SHOW RESPECT TO ALL through your words and actions. CONSCIOUSLY BUILD A GREAT LEGACY starting now, today and everyday. LIVE A LIFE OF INTEGRITY AND HONOR.MAKE YOUR FAMILY, NATION AND GOD PROUD.
The 10 Values have been adopted by individuals and organizations. They have also been adopted by professional associations such as Association of Private Educators of Nigeria, the Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Mortgage Bankers Association of Nigeria to mention a few and more recently government agencies and parastatals.
In 2014, the government of Anambra state formally endorsed & adopted the 10 Values for the citizens and civil service of the state, also in November 2014, the government of Lagos state trained 500 of its top civil servants across all ministries & agencies on the 10 Values.
The VALUES INFUSION project is the largest non-governmental effort at reorienting the citizens of a nation and integrating a value system into our nation’s consciousness in recent times.
FD, as he is fondly called by his friends and protégés, has emerged as a credible voice of leadership for a new Nigeria across the wide spectrum of the young and old as well as business and political leaders. His fan base on Facebook currently about 285,000 and he is followed by about 205,000 on Twitter and 123,000 on Instagram.
In February 2013, Fela was profiled by the US-based Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 10 Power Men in Africa on Twitter.

Fela has won several National and International awards for his leadership development and nation building activities including the prestigious Nigerian Achievers Award in 2009. In recognition of his contributions to the field of Human Resource Consulting, Fela was honoured with the “Excellence in Human Resource Consulting Award” by NIPRO, a body of Nigerian Professionals based in the United Kingdom and the United States of America, at their global convention in Miami, Florida in December 2004.
In July 2005, he was awarded the most prestigious Award of Excellence, by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN), in recognition of his excellence and professionalism in extending knowledge frontiers in Human Resource Management.
Others awards include Nigerian Achievers Award Institute (NAAI), Fly Network Africa Integrity Award, City People Young Male Achievers Award and the prestigious Role Model Award given by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
In 2006, he received the Heart of Africa Award by the Federal Ministry of Information and Communication in recognition of his efforts towards building a new Nigeria.
In 2011, Fela Durotoye was recognized by the Universal Peace Federation and the Youth Federation for World Peace as a United Nations Young Ambassador For Peace.
In 2017, Fela received an Honorary Award from The African Young Entrepreneurs network in recognition of his efforts towards advancing youth enterprise and nation building in Africa and particularly in Nigeria.
However he does not seems to have much experience in local Nigerian politics.

Omoyele Sowore- African Action Congress (AAC
Omoyele Sowore is the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC). The 47 year old  blogger, writer, lecturer, human rights activist and public commentator on national issues is an indigene of Ondo State from South-Western Nigeria.
He is the founder and CEO of Sahara Reporters a notable online media platform that has been credited for high-level political, social and economic stories and reports, that have been described as sometimes controversial.
Sahara Reporters has over the years carried major breaking news stories in the country, especially in the socio-political scene exposing corrupt practices of government.
Since the fourth republic in Nigeria, Sahara Reporters through the work of Sowore has been a major driver of citizen journalism in the country.
Mr. Sowore studied Geography and Planning at the University of Lagos, and then furthered his studies with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbia University, New York, USA.
During his undergraduate days in University of Lagos, Sowore was active in student unionism and was elected President of the Student Union Government between 1992-1994.
In June 1993, he led 2,000 students from the University of Lagos in the era of Nigeria’s Kleptocracy. In the face of the agitation, Sowore was arrested, interrogated and beaten up.
This did not stop Sowore’s activism and agitation for a decent education system in the country and he was an active participant in the June 12, 1993 pro-democracy struggle.
His activism also followed him to his youth service in Adamawa State where he was outspoken on critical national issues.
For his vociferous anti – government campaigns, he was harassed, arrested and detained for about 8 times in various detention centres. He almost lost his life under the Late Gen Sani Abacha’s military junta.
He founded Sahara Reporters in 2006 supported by grants donated by the Ford Foundation and Omidyar Foundation. As part of its policy, the medium does not accept adverts and financial support from the Nigerian government.
Omoyele Sowore represents different things to different people depending on one’s social, economic and political leaning.
He has come under heavy criticisms and is viewed by some Nigerians as a rabble-rouser, an attention seeking activist, blackmailer, opposition propagandist, etc.
Mr. Sowore  also lectures Modern African History at the City University of New York and Post Colonial African History at the School of Art, New York.

Obiageli Ezekwesili- Allied Congress Party of Nigeria

Obiageli Ezekwesili  popularly known as Oby Ezekwesili is the presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACNP). The 55 year old is a chartered accountant from Anambra state.She was a co-founder of Transparency International, serving as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany. She served as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and then as Federal Minister of Education during the second-term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. Since then, she served as the Vice-President of the World Bank’s Africa division from May 2007 to May 2012.
Ezekwesili holds a master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She trained with the firm of Deloitte and Touche and qualified as a chartered accountant.
Prior to working for the Government of Nigeria, Ezekwesiili was working with Professor Jeffrey Sachs at the Center for International Development at Harvard.
Ezekwesili started off in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration as the Pioneer head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (aka Due Process Unit). It was in this position that she earned the sobriquet of “Madam Due Process” for the outstanding work she led a team of professionals to do in sanitising public procurement or contracting at the Federal level in Nigeria. She was the architect of the Bureau for Public Procurement legislation, the NEITI legislation and the new Minerals and Mining legislation during her six and a half years stint in government.
She was appointed Minister of Solid Minerals (Mines and Steel) in June 2005 during which time she led a vibrant reform program that led to Nigeria’s global recognition as a credible mining investment destination. She was also the Chairperson of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) and led the first ever national implementation of the global standards and principles of transparency in the oil, gas and mining sector.
In June 2006, Ezekwesili was appointed the Federal Minister of Education, holding this post until she took up her World Bank appointment in May 2007.
In March 2007, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz announced the appointment of Ezekwesili as Vice-President for the Africa Region starting on 1 May 2007.
In 2012, she successfully completed her stint as the World Bank Vice-President Africa Division. As vice-president she was in charge of the bank’s operations in 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and supervised a lending portfolio of over $40 billion.
She was a co-founder of Transparency International and served as one of its pioneer directors. As a senior economic advisor for Open Society, a group founded by billionaire George Soros, she advises nine reform-committed African heads of state including Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia.
On 1 October 2012, one of the world’s leading telecommunications firm, Bharti Airtel, with operations in 20 countries, named Ezekwesili as a director on its board. She is also on the boards of World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the School of Public Policy of Central European University, The Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy, New African magazine, The Center for Global Leadership @ Tufts University.
In May 2012, Ezekwesili was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSC) degree by the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria. She was selected as one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2014.
In the aftermath of the abduction of nearly 300 mainly Christian girls from Chibok by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, Oby used the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) advocacy group to draw global attention to the plight of all persons who have been abducted by terrorists from Nigeria’s war ravaged northeast region. Ezekwesili was instrumental to the start of the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media, which came to trend globally.

Gbenga Toyosi Olawepo- Alliance for Peoples Trust (APT).
Gbenga Toyosi Olawepo is the presidential candidate of Alliance for Peoples Trust (APT).
The 53 year old is a politician, Nigerian human rights activist and businessman.
The name Olawepo first made the headlines when as an anti-apartheid activist, he and three other students’ leaders of the University of Lagos were clamped into the over-crowded Nigeria Police cell in April 1989 after an anti apartheid protest. The military regime that was growing increasingly repressive and intolerant of freedom of expression in Nigeria then ordered the detention of the student activist.
Olawepo was born in Yelwa, Yauri, present Kebbi State located in Northern Nigeria, on 28 June 1965. Olawepo started exhibiting leadership qualities in the high school. In 1984, he was elected President of the Dramatic Society and later appointed Health Prefect at the Cherubim and Seraphim College, Ilorin. In 1986 at Kwara College of Technology, he was elected General-Secretary of the Youth Solidarity on Southern Africa in Nigeria (YUSSAN) and was active in the anti-apartheid movement. He organised film shows, signature collection to mobilise local and international support against the apartheid regime in South Africa and solidarity support for the courses of the people of Angola, Mozambique and Namibia. He was a member of the Local Organising Committee of the ‘’Massive Freedom at 70 Nelson Mandela Concert’’ held at the University Lagos Nigeria. His involvement in the radical movement became deepened when he was elected Public Relations Officer of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in July 1988. This was at a time when the student organisation was defying its ban by the military government. As the spokesperson of the Nigerian student body he was at the frontline of confrontation with the military authorities. He spoke about “freedom of association being inalienable and which no military decree can take away,” he spoke of the people’s right to education and campaigned for return to democratic rule via the constitution of a democratically elected constituent assembly.[3] In May–June 1989, he was part of the leadership of the anti-SAP and pro-democracy uprising organised by the National Association of Nigerian Students. This revolt was nationwide and gained support across regional and ethnic boundaries; it also received international attention as it went simultaneously with the student protest at Tiananmen Square, Beijing and the pro-democracy revolt in Eastern Europe. The military regime dubbed it a ‘’civilian coup’’ and reacted to it with an admixture of palliative concession and brutal force. To suppress the protest, the military government deployed riot tanks, police helicopters and riot mobile policemen shooting life ammunition against protesters.
At the end of the uprising, over two hundred people were estimated to have been killed by the police, a huge number wounded and some student activists detained. Olawepo was clamped into detention for four months in solitary confinement under the Detention of Persons Decree No. 2 of 1984 as amended. It was detention without trial. He was released after an epic legal battle led by his counsel, the late President of the Nigeria Bar Association Alao Aka-Bashorun, and an international campaign co-ordinated by the International Union of Students, World Federation of Democratic Youth, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The Amnesty International declared him a ‘’Prisoner of conscience’’ in 1989. After his release from detention in December 1989 and graduation from the University of Lagos, he continued to be active in national and international affairs. In 1990, he was appointed National Administrative-Secretary of the Committee for Defence of Human Rights where he worked briefly and doubled in the same role for the National Consultative Forum-a group founded by human rights activists led by Aka-Bashorun and nationalist politicians like late RBK Okafor, Kola Balogun, late Mbadiwe, Mahmoud Waziri and Alhaji Tanko Yakassai. The group, National Consultative Forum (NCF), set for itself the objective of organising a national conference as a platform to democratise and restructure the Nigerian federation. The NCF attracted a section of former Nigerian ‘’Super Permanent Secretaries’’ into its rank led by Alison Ayida and Tayo Akpata. Olawepo, who succeeded Femi Ojudu now managing director of ‘’The News magazine,’’ who had come on sabbatical from his African Concord job, worked effectively with the General-Secretary, late Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, in manning the secretariat.
After Olawepo graduated from the University of Lagos, he was confronted by an immediate problem: what to do with his future. The university authorities under the influence of the military authorities who were seeking to frustrate him had seized his certificate. The implication of this in a society that placed great premium on certificates rather than skills was that he could neither find a job as a graduate in the private sector nor in the public sector. This also meant he could not seek post-graduate studies.
The above challenge forced Olawepo into private business in 1991 after the stint at CDHR. He was interested in putting his skills as a trained mass-communicator to trade but he again had to dance round the provision of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relation decree and the Advertising Practitioners Council- both required his certificate to qualify for registration to practice advertising or public relation. The former student activist was now under intense pressure to beg the authorities by family members and relations who feel his future is now ruined especially when he is out of office and no one now seem to be speaking about his case.
However, Gbenga refused to beg his tormentors but took it in his strides. He saw an opportunity out of the obstacle after reading a thousand-page books on political communication in America and the United Kingdom. He arrived at a decision to establish a pioneer outfit in political communications, thus circumventing the limitation imposed by the Advertising and Public Relation Law. After a faltering start with the incorporation of Prompt Link Ltd., his political communication initiative properly took off with the incorporation of ‘’Setandsell Ltd’’. He positioned his company against the traditional advertising agencies who he dismissed as mere product advertisers. He would say “you cannot package human beings like chocolate”. He created a market for himself where he quietly became a czar in his field; he transformed obstacles into great opportunities and transcended major barriers making huge returns on his investment. He also has wide-ranging interests in the energy sector in Europe, America, and other African countries.
1995 was his initial entrance into partisan politics when he became National Publicity secretary of the National Democratic Labour Party (NDLP) in the transition programme announced by the Abacha regime. Eventually his party and that of some politicians like Solomon Lar, Alhaji Rimi’s SPP, Ciroma and Bamanga Tukur’s ANC were denied registration. Rather than find accommodation in the military founded parties, Olawepo found association with principled politicians who opposed the late Nigerian military dictator Sani Abacha. This group of politicians first organised around the Institute for Civil Society and G-34 and later pioneered the formation of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Olawepo played a very active role in the formation of the PDP. He along with two others, Dahiru Awesu Kuta and Dubem Onyia, assisted Prof. Jerry Gana, Secretary of the formative process of the party. In 1998/1999, he was the Secretary of the Women and Youth Development Committee of the Transition committee established by the then President-elect, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
At the first PDP elected convention in August 1999, Mr Olawepo, was elected Deputy National Publicity Secretary. As a member of the National Executive Committee of the ruling party, he acquired the reputation of being a fearless and honest leader who spoke the truth to power. He was later forced out of the party.
After quitting the PDP, which he helped to form, he continued his partisan political career in the opposition. In April 2007, he ran as governorship candidate of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) in Kwara State and came second.
Awards

He has won a number of awards including the Kwame Nkrumah African Leadership award, the Veteran Award, and the World Federation of Democratic Youths, (WFDY). He also received the 2000 Nigerian Union of Journalist Award for Professional Excellence. He has presented papers on ‘’African Two-Fold Misery- Aids and Wars, African Challenges of Democratization.’’ He has also written many academic papers.
He has global business interest in the energy sector and is also given to charity works.
He has been criticised by his former colleagues in the radical movement over his association with his ex-jailer military ruler, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. Some political observers have also criticised him for being too idealistic when he needed to be pragmatic, costing him political grounds in the slippery Nigerian terrain.

Ahmed Buhari- Sustainable National Party (SNP).

Ahmed Buhari is the presidential candidate of Sustainable National Party (SNP). The 39 year old is a Businessman and Information and Communications Technology Consultant.
Ahmed is hails from  Kontagora, Niger State in the North-Central Nigeria.
Inspired by the likes of Macron in France,Trudeau in Canada, and Alexi Tsipras in Greece.  Ahmed Buhari believes that can happen in Nigeria.

He attended Mustapha Comprehensive School, Kontagora for his elementary education and Command Secondary School, Kaduna.
A graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State where he obtained his B.SC degree in Geology.
After his mandatory Mandatory National Youth Service Corps(NYSC), Ahmed worked with an indigenous oil and gas company in Lagos.
He took a study leave and proceeded to Cavendish College, London and bagged a Master’s Degree in International Trade and Marketing.
Ahmed Buhari furthered his Studies at the Manchester Metropolitan University and acquired training as a Geographic Information System and Spatial Analyst.
Upon his return to Nigeria, he worked as a Geologist on offshore installations with a team that efficiently produced a sizable number of barrels of crude oil for the country’s economy.
In 2011 he was appointed a Senior Business Development Manager in a telecommunications company in the country.
In 2012, he started his company Skylar Inc. a company that focused on Information Technology(IT), Networking, Corporate Branding, and Business Consulting with staff strength then of over 50.
Skylar Inc. is to today driving the adoption of technology in Nigeria, equipping the next generation for the fourth industrial revolution, driven by digital technology.
Through his fond name “Ahmed Bee” he has established a foundation that is responsible for social activities that support educational development in Nigeria.
The foundation has a “Kids can Code” Initiative which targets children in primary school, between the ages 5 to 12, ensuring that they are fully exposed to computer programming, software development, graphic designing, and hardware assembling.
It also provides frequent Hackathons that targets students mostly from tertiary institutions, and then gets them involved in the thinking process of how to proffer solutions to specific areas of the economy, through technology.
Some of the notable awards he has received so far include; Entrepreneurship Award from MTN Telecommunications Company, Award of Excellence from Association of Family Business Owners in Nigeria and an Award from Rome Business School, amongst others.
In contesting for the forthcoming 2019 Presidential elections, Ahmed Buhari is challenging the youth to actively participate in politics and leadership in the country.
He believes he has the unifying effect as a detribalized Nigerian, who is not biased to any religion or social affiliation.
He was initially vying for the presidential seat on the platform of the PDP but according to him he had to leave the party because the handlers of the party did not pay attention to his ambition.


Eunice Atuejide- National Interest Party (NIP).

Eunice Atuejide is the presidential candidate of National Interest Party (NIP). The 40 year old is a business woman, lawyer, and politician. Atuejide was born and raised in Lagos State Nigeria, although her family originates from Enugu State. She is best known for founding the youth led, technology driven political party known as the National Interest Party (NIP) in Nigeria. She attended Onike Girls Primary School in Lagos and later Reagan Memorial Girls Secondary School also in Lagos. She studied Agricultural Economics at the University of Ibadan.
Atuejide participated in Taekwondo throughout her secondary and tertiary education and was among the team that represented the University of Ibadan at NUGA games from 1996 to 1999. She achieved the black belt 1st Dan in 2005 with BUDO Taekwondo Club in Siegen Germany.[5] Atuejide dropped out of Agricultural Economics at the University of Ibadan and took the Diploma in French Language at the Institut Internationale d’Etudes Française, in Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France.She later did her Diploma in German Language at the Sprahenschule Siegerland. She took the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) and enrolled at the University of Siegen, where she studied Business Administration.
Atuejide took the Diploma in Film Making and Acting at the New York Film Academy and Sally Johnson’s Studios respectively, both in New York City, USA.
After seven years making and promoting Nigerian movies and while raising her family, she went back to school to study law. She completed the Graduate Diploma in Law, the Graduate LLB, the Legal Practice Course, and the LLM in Professional Legal Practice at BPP University, London, United Kingdom. She then moved back to Nigeria where she completed the professional training programme required for enrolment as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
Atuejide practices in both Nigeria and the United Kingdom. she is involved with IT Consultancy including website development and management for SMEs and charities. She also sources funding for businesses in Europe and infrastructure projects in Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Atuejide’s interest in politics was reveled while in Law School in Abuja. She brought together her colleagues at the law school who shared similar political ideals with her, and they together set out on the journey to form a political party.This resulted in the formation and registration of the National Interest Party (NIP). What some are calling the world’s first online based political party in 2018.

Alistair Soyode- Yes Electorates Solidarity

Alistair Soyode is the presidential candidate of Yes Electorates Solidarity (YES).
He is the Chairman of Europe’s 1st Ethnic Media Satellite Company. He has never contested any political post in Nigeria but has played a major role in the election processes in Nigeria for more than a decade; a feat he also showed and repeated in Europe. He is the former Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation, an organisation responsible, corporately, for the well-being of more than 10 million professional Nigerians outside the country. He held the position from 2009 to 2011. Since then, he has been one of the elders of the organisation and founder of Nigerians in Diaspora Mentoring Corp as a continuous way of rendering mentoring services to Nigerian youths and energetic civilians. Alistair is on the board of many national and international organisations.
His career in media is what the story-writers tagged as amazing. Coming from a humble background he took up the challenge by becoming the first Black person to launch the first ethnic media-the only Black oriented television company and channel with the sole aim of correcting the negative stories about the black race, most especially his dear country Nigeria. An African brand, now global, was launched in Europe.
He was born and attended primary and secondary schools in katsina, North-west Nigeria. Alistair completed his studies at Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic in Agriculture and Irrigation Engineering. He is equally a Fellow of Institute of Public Administration and Local Government. He has reached the peak in his media industry and profession.
Alistair is noted by CNN to be an icon of the nation when he was featured by CNN during Nigeria at 50th Golden jubilee independence celebrations. He is branded and reputed to have made his mark as the first in Africa and Black person who launched a media channel in the United Kingdom and Europe. His efforts and works are credited to have created an avenue for millions of black people to find their voices and be seen on international television. The engagements also opened up better inter-community relationships between various communities as well as for millions of Nigerians outside the country.
To his credit are several achievements of innovative programmes and policies engaging Nigerians outside the country. He has participated in many events, conferences, seminars, workshops, amongst others, to market Nigeria’s opportunities to the world and using same to attract many back home to invest as well as be part and parcel of the nation’s developments.
His network opened the broadcasting market to many black and Africa television channels in Europe now as well as broadcast platform for other tv to reach the diaspora viewers.
Alistair has, without any doubt, showed that with hard work, one can achieve success; and has created the awareness that the youths can achieve success if they genuinely work towards it. He has turned challenges to opportunities. Always seeing opportunities especially where resources abound.

Hamza al-Mustapha – People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN).

Hamza al-Mustapha is the presidential candidate of People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN). He was the Chief Security Officer (CSO) of General Sani Abacha, military head of state of Nigeria from November 1993 to June 1998. After Abacha’s death he was arrested and tried for murder and attempted murder of Alhaja Kudirat Abiola. On 30 January 2012, a Lagos High Court sitting at Igbosere convicted Major Hamza Al-Mustapha over the murder of Kudirat Abiola, the wife of the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola. He was also sentenced to death by hanging but was discharged and acquitted of the crime by the appeal court, Lagos division on Friday, July 12, 2013. The appellate court said there was not enough evidence to incriminate Al-Mustapha in the murder of the Late Kudirat Abiola. On 12 July 2013, The Court of Appeal in Lagos discharged and acquitted Hamza Al-Mustapha from the murder of Kudirat Abiola. The verdict overturned that of the Lagos High Court which sentenced him to death by hanging. The presiding judge, Justice Rita Pemu, accused the lower court jude, Justice Mojisola Dada, of being ‘‘stroked to secure a conviction by all means.’’ Consequently setting Al-Mustapha free.
He is relative new Comer in Nigerian democratic politics but had a long stint in military era politics.
Al-Mustapha joined the army and was trained as an intelligence operative. He was involved in at least two investigations of coup attempts. His conduct of interrogations brought him to the attention of Sani Abacha. When Abacha was Chief of Army (August 1985 – August 1990) al-Mustapha was his Aide-de-Camp.
Hamza al-Mustapha was appointed Chief Security Officer to the Head of State (CSOHS) with a Special Strike Force Unit during Abacha’s military regime (17 November 1993 – 8 June 1998). Other security outfits at the time were the Office of the National Security Adviser under Ismaila Gwarzo, the Directorate of Military Intelligence, the State Security Service and the National Intelligence Agency. All of these units engaged in extrajudicial killings of people seen as threats to the regime. Both Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha gave Captain (later Major) Hamza al-Mustapha exceptional power, considerably greater than other officers who were nominally his superior.
Al-Mustapha was quickly removed from his job by the transitional regime established by General Abdulsalam Abubakar after Abacha’s sudden death in June 1998. In October that year he appeared in court with Abacha’s son Mohammed, charged with the murder in June 1996 of Kudirat Abiola, wife of the presidential candidate M.K.O. Abiola (who had died in jail in July 1998). At the trial the killer, Sergeant Barnabas Jabila, said he was obeying orders from his superior, al-Mustapha. Al Mustapha and four others were also charged with a 1996 attempt to murder Alex Ibru, publisher of The Guardian and Abacha’s Minister of Internal Affairs. Another charge was laid against al-Mustapha for the attempted murder of former Naval chief Isaac Porbeni.

While the trials proceeded, al-Mustapha was detained at the Kirikiri maximum security prisons. While imprisoned, on 1 April 2004 he was charged with being involved in a plot to overthrow the government. Allegedly he had conspired with others to shoot down the helicopter carrying President Olusegun Obasanjo using a surface-to-air missile that had been smuggled into the country from Benin. In 2007, there were appeals for al Mustapha’s release by four newspapers and by former head of state Ibrahim Babangida. Eventually, after 12 years of imprisonment, trials and retrials, al-Mustapha and his co-defendants were acquitted of most charges on 21 December 2010. The co-defendants were former Lagos State Police Commissioner James Danbaba, former Zamfara State military administrator Jibril Bala Yakubu and former head of the Aso Rock Anti-Riot Police Rabo Lawal.

Peter NwangwuWe The People of Nigeria (WTPN).

Dr Peter Uchenna  Nwangwu  is the presidential candidate of We The People of Nigeria (WTPN). The 68 year old is a  Nigerian -American professor of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Clinical Pharmacy, executive assistant to the vice chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka in which capacity he serves as the chief development officer of the university. Nwangwu has won many international awards in the United States, including “2005 Ronald Reagan Gold Medal” by the National Republican Congressional Committee; “2005 Man of the year,” by the American Biographical Institute; “Businessman of the year 2005,” by the US Business Advisory Council, and “The 2006 Congressional Medal of Distinction.” He also serves as President and Chief Executive officer of the University of Nigeria Research and Economic Development (UNRED) foundation.
Mr Peter Nwangwu was born in Umuahia, Nigeria, to Igbo parents from Anambra State. He received his high-school education from the Anglican Grammar School, Umuahia, and Methodist College, Uzuakoli, where he became the pioneer recipient of the Best Student of the Year award in 1970. In January 1972, Nwangwu came to the United States for his college education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Nwangwu later invented a screening methodology for anti-arrhymic drugs. The invention, which can identify drugs that can cure an irregular heartbeat, was created in 1976 as Nwangwu was studying for his dissertation.
In 1981, Nwangwu also invented a methodology for identifying the myocardial infection, also known as a heart attack. Both methodologies are being used across the world. Nwangwu has also invented seven drugs used for correcting irregular heartbeats.
Nwangwu is the author of “Concepts and Strategies in New Drug Development.” He is also the co-author of two other publications, “Essentials of Medical Pathology” and “Clinical Toxicity of Non Drugs.”
In 2011, he was the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress.

Olusegun Mimiko- Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

Olusegun Mimiko is the presidential candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP). He is a Nigerian politician who is a presidential aspirant in the Labour Party. He was Governor of Ondo State, from February 2009 to February 2017. As a member of the Labour Party, he was the first two-term governor of Ondo state and the first Labour Party governor in Nigeria. He was previously a Federal Minister for Housing and Urban Development, a Secretary to the Ondo State Government, and a two-time Ondo State Commissioner for Health.
Mimiko was born and raised in Ondo State, South West Nigeria. He began his political career at medical school in the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), where he was a member of the Students’ Representatives Council (Parliament) and served as the public relations officer of the International Students’ Association of the institution from 1977 to 1978.
After graduating from Ife in 1980, Dr. Mimiko set up a private medical practice in Ondo Town called Mona Clinic.The clinic was regarded as a charity organisation by the Ondo community as a result of the free medical services often available to residents. In 1983, Mimiko served as the publicity secretary of the Ondo Local Government chapter of the Unity Party of Nigeria. He was elected in 1990, to serve as a member of the Social Democratic Party (Nigeria) Executive Council in Ondo Local Government Council Area. He also served as a member of the party’s disciplinary committee. Olusegun Mimiko was appointed commissioner for health and social services, Ondo State, in 1992 till 1993 when the Third Nigerian Republic was terminated by a military coup d’etat.
In the Fourth Nigerian Republic, Mimiko was made commissioner of health in Ondo State from 1999 to 2002. He was appointed secretary to the Ondo State Government (SSG) in 2003. He held this position till July 2005, when he was appointed as the federal minister of housing and urban development.
Mimiko coordinated the Obasanjo administration’s Reform Programme in the Housing and Urban Development sector, bringing about a shift in policy from direct construction of houses by the government, to increased involvement of the private sector; redevelopment of government landed properties through private sector real estate developers to increase housing stock; and a focus on the mortgage sector in the on-going re-organization of Nigeria’s financial system. Mimiko managed the gradual withdrawal of government from direct provision of residential housing to public servants through the monetization policy; the re-organization and re-capitalization of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria for more robust operation; and the enhancement of the operations of the National Housing Fund (NHF). The re-positioning of the Federal Housing Authority (FHA); the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable mass production of houses through the National Housing Data Bank, and a framework for housing delivery and urban management through co-operatives, and the Social Housing Programme.
Mimiko later defied President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2007, by resigning his appointment as the housing and urban development minister to contest against the incumbent governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Agagu in the 2007 elections.
Mimiko’s landslide election to the governorship was tampered with by the Independent National Electoral Commission, and eventually returned by a unanimous decision of the Tribunal Court, and the Court of Appeal. The intense and groundbreaking legal tussle lasted for two years.
During Mimiko’s first three years in office, his reforms in health, education, and urban renewal were recognized nationally and internationally. In 2012 his Abiye (Safe Motherhood) Programme was recognized by the World Bank, and his free education programmes were commended by the UNICEF. Mimiko, in 2012, became the second Nigerian to win the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award. After winning re-election by defeating the PDP candidate Olusola Oke, and the APC candidate Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Mimiko was sworn in for a second term in 2013.
During this term as governor of Ondo, Mimiko began enforcing the implementation Nigeria’s first residency card project, named Kaadi Igbe Ayo. In 2014 an edict was passed into law establishing the Ondo State University of Medical Sciences, Nigeria’s first specialized medical university accredited by the Nigerian Universities Commission. In 2015, the first Nigerian chocolate bar produced through the administration’s Cocoa Revolution Project won a Chocolate Silver award from the Academy of Chocolate Award, held in London. Mimiko, in 2017, commissioned phase one of the multi-billion naira Ore Industrial City which he inaugurated in 2010.  When Mimiko left office in 2017, the administration’s independent 30KVA power generation project in Ore was at an advanced stage of completion Mimiko left office in February, 2017. It was seen as the first time power passed from one incumbent to another without the level of violence that typified Ondo elections in time past.

Edozie Madu- Independent Democrat (ID

Edozie Madu is the presidential candidate of Independent Democrat (ID). He is a lawyer from the south east geopolitical zone. He was the chairman of the defunct Congress for Democratic Change. He has been vocal in condemning the attempts of IPOB and her agents in threatening electoral disruption in the last Anambra state gubernatorial election.

 

 Prince Ojajuni Iniola- Alliance for Democracy (AD).

Prince Ojajuni Iniola Joseph, is the Presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD). He was born on the 28th of December, 1978 to the royal family of Ojajuni Karaki, descendant of Mesere family in Ugbo Kingdom, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Eniola Joseph Ojajuni had his Primary School education in Ebute- Ipare Primary School, Ilaje Local Government Area, Ondo State. Were he proceeded to Ajao Estate High school in Anthony Village, Lagos.
Prince Eniola,later secured admission into Lagos State University (LASU), where he studied Law for his first degree and then proceeded to Ghana Business School to gain knowledge in Business Administration.
He started his business career at a very tender age. As a young person, who developed interest in his mother’s business, Prince Eniola helped his mother in selling dried and smoked fish. His enthusiasm towards this business prompted some Lebanese, who dealt with importation of Fish at Ijora Olopa, Ijesha, to advise him to register a company that would enable him import Sardine Fish.
Eniola Ojajuni in his wisdom suggested to the Lebanese that instead of importing Sardine Fish, Nigeria can become a major produce of Sardine Fish since the commodity in abundance is in the coastal areas of Ondo state and other riverine areas in Nigeria, and all that was needed was branding and packaging.
The Lebanese developed interest in his idea and a proposal was written in this regard to the then Ondo State Governor, Late Olusegun Agagu in 2011. The then Ondo State Government was pleased with the proposed but due to lack of infrastructure, the implementation of the project was stopped.
In the same 2011, Prince Eniola proceeded into importing wines and commodity goods. He became a consultant to the then Oceanic Bank on investment banking and also a consultant to metropolitan bank on investment and strategy.
Prince Eniola Joseph Ojajuni is a consultant to Vega Foods, Singapore on Africa investment and also a consultant to Delta State Investment Agency on Direct Investment.
Prince Eniola Ojajuni has successfully written over 200 proposals to investors including over 25 state Governors, past and present in Nigeria. He has also written over 1,500 articles in the past 3 years on Investment and National Policy for Local newspapers in Nigeria and abroad.
Prince Eniola began his journey to Politics while in School. He once served as Students Representatives Council (SRC) in Lagos State University (LASU), 2002/2003 Academic session which led him become a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
He contested for the Lagos State House of Assembly, Kosofe constituency II in 2015 under the Alliance for Democracy. In 2016, he was an aspirant during the Ondo State Gubernatorial Election.
In 2017, at the Yoruba Youth Summit, he was presented with the creative leadership award by voice of Yoruba Youth. Also in the same year, he was presented an award by the African Youth Initiative in Ghana as one of the Africa’s Enterprising Youth.
Eniola had been to various business schools across African countries and Europe.
In a recent  interview, he said his first task, once elected President in 2019, would be to redefine the 1999 Constitution, and make it a people’s constitution.

 Donald Duke- Social Democratic Party (SDP).

Donald Duke is the presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
The 57 year old former governor of Cross River state is considered as one of the finest and pragmatic leaders in Nigeria, with a passion for governance and a hands-on skill for delivering key transformational projects that drive socio-economic development.
As Governor of Cross River  State (1999-2007) Donald Duke transformed the capital city Calabar into a viable tourism, commercial and sports hub in Nigeria, with the annual “Calabar Festival”, renovation of the “U.J Esuene Stadium” to host national and continental tournaments. Duke also invested in the repositioning of the “Obudu Cattle Ranch” as a leading resort centre in the country, hosting international conferences and the “Obudu Mountain Race”,
while his dream to drive  business and tourism in the State, led to the pace-setting 10,000 square meters Tinapa Business resort which was at the period the frontier economic zone project.
Apart from the tourism and commercial projects, Former Governor Duke led some significant infrastructure projects, improving the road network across the Capital city Calabar and other parts of the State.
Under his watch as Governor, Calabar the capital city of Cross River State was a beehive of socio-economic activities and a delight for tourists and visitors from various parts of the globe.
It is not surprising therefore that he has been engaged by other States, since 2007 as a consultant for transformation and beautification projects.
His transformational leadership has endeared him to many young Nigerians, who see him as a role model leader and politician. In terms of political history, Duke was a member of the G-34 political movement that challenged the Military junta of Late Gen. Sani Abacha for democratic rule in Nigeria.
Prior to his emergence as Governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke was the former Commissioner of Finance, Budget &  Planning  to the third republic civilian Governor Dr Clement Ebri and the member of the National Economic Advisory and Intelligence Committee under the Abacha regime.
Duke a lawyer also forayed into the business as the Chairman of Allied Merchants & Brokers, a Sole Africa franchise for U.S based Uncle Ben’s rice.
In the area of legal practice, Duke teamed up with friends to establish the Lagos based Law Partnership of Onyia & Duke. Through the practice he was able to manage the family’s shipping business, when he became Chief Executive of Hegeds International Limited.
The former Cross River State Governor was also a member of the Board of Directors at the Voice of Nigeria, which was his first experience in public office.
His ambition to lead is a decade old as in 2007 he stepped down for Late President Umaru Yar’adua, in line with the desire of the then ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
As a principled and focused politician, Governor Duke has since 1999 remained an active member of the Peoples Democratic Party, and there has been no record of him defecting even when his political ambitions was not realized.
Duke has a rich exposure as his primary education was in Corona and St Mary’s College in Lagos, while he attended the Unity Schools in Sokoto and Ilorin, in the North-West and North-Central regions of Nigeria.
He is one of the most sought after resource persons and leaders in key conferences that cover economic, socio-political and national development across the country.
On his renewed ambition to lead Nigeria, it is all about an opportunity to give Africa’s largest democracy a new lease of life.

 

Dr Obadiah Mailafia-African Democratic Congress(ADC)

Presidential candidate of the ADC, Dr Obadiah Mailafia who hails from Kaduna state was Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria. He had a brillian career in the academia at the University of Jos where he rose senior academic ranks in the Department of Economics before he was appointed as Deputy Governor of CBN.

Upon retirement from the CBN, he was appointed on the board of the Nigerian Breweries Plc. He sits on the board of many other companies.

Dr Mailafia has been a vocal commentator on economic issues in recent times and holds tenaciously to his deep understanding of the nation’s economy as his major selling point as the candidate of the ADC promoted by the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo as the platform with which to oust President Muhammadu Buhari

 

Major General John TW Gbor Rtd-All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA)

Major General John WT Gbor retired from the Nigerian Army in 2002 as Director of Education Corps.

Gbor holds a Ph.D in History at the University of Jos and is the author of several books on Military history and politics.

He was a governorship aspirant of the PDP in Benue state in 2007 but later left the party for the AD. He was unveiled last week as the candidate of APGA which controls Anambra state.

 

 

 

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