The much anticipated Nigeria’s presidential elections hold Nationwide across the country as the race to decide the next Civilian President winds up.
The crunch vote, between the incumbent, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the PDP and converted democrat, General Mohammed Buhari (APC) has been tagged the most important in the history of the country.
And quite expectedly today’s exercise topples other areas of national interest as Nigerians who are lovers of music, politics, business, fashion, Nollywood, sport nay football and all forms of news take to the polls to determine their new president.
Complete Sports Saturday alike could not left out of the election battle now referred to as ‘Nigeria’s Political Clasico’ as we here serve you the starting eleven from the opposition squads…
GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN
The incumbent President who has ruled Nigeria since 2010. The 57 year old is seeking another term as the number one citizen of Africa’s most populous nation under the platform of the ruling party,People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Prior to his assumption of office as President, he served as Governor of Bayelsa State from 2005 to 2007 and as Vice-President of Nigeria from 2007 to 2010.
Unlike in 2011 when he coasted to victory without much hassles, President Jonathan faces a tough task in retaining his seat this time around with All Progressive Congress candidate, Muhammadu Buhari giving him a run for his money.
Now, Mr Jonathan will be hoping that luck is once again on his side today, when he runs against Buhari in what is likely to be Nigeria’s most tightly contested presidential election since military rule ended about 16 years ago.
Mohammed Namadi Sambo
The 60 year old is currently the 4th Vice -President of Nigeria.An architect by training, Sambo was Governor of Kaduna state from May 29,2007 to May 18, 2010.
Sambo was nominated for the position of Vice- President by Goodluck Jonathan who became President following the death of his former boss, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
Upon approval by the National Assembly,he was formally sworn in as the Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria On May 19, 2010.
There were rumours before the Peoples Democratic Party’s Primary that he would be dropped as running mate to President Jonathan, but he survived the political gimmicks and like in 2011, he is running alongside his boss once again.
Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu
President of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.The businessman turned politician was Governor of Bauchi State from May 29, 1999 to May 29,2007.
Muazu would be hoping the PDP maintain it’s status as the number one political party in the country and most importantly win the presidential election.
The controversial Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party, Presidential Campaign Organisation.He was with the opposition’s All Progressive Congress (APC) until June 2014 when he returned to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
A loyalist of President Goodluck Jonathan, Fani Kayode has defended his boss vigorously in the face of strong attacks by the opposition , the All Progressive Congress, and he will surely get a pat on the back should his ‘oga’ return to Aso Rock.
Dr. Doyin Okupe is the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to President Goodluck Jonathan .
Before his recent appointment by President Jonathan in 2012, Okupe was spokesman for former President Olusegun Obasanjo and a former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State in 2003.
He was once labelled the attack dog of the President . Like Femi Fani Kayode, he is a strong supporter of the President Goodluck Jonathan.
Anyim Pius Anyim
Currently the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).The former Senate President hails from the eastern part of the country and he is widely touted to be one of the most influential figures amongst his kinsmen.
Anyim will no doubt play a crucial role in ensuring the Igbos pitch their tent with the incumbent Presisdent in today’s election.
Peter Ayodele Fayose
The Executive Governor of Ekiti State is one man who can be described as the number one supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan. Fayose, who was last year re-elected as Governor of his state, never holds back in attacking the opposition party and most especially former Olusegun Obasanjo who has since dumped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
Governor Fayose recently described All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Muhammadu Buhari as “diaper-wearing” and also stated that Ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s exit from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was good riddance to bad rubbish.
David Alechenu Bonaventure Mark
The Senate President has worked vigorously to ensure the President’s re-election.The former Military Governor of Niger State has so much at stake too, as he is eyeing a return to his seat as the number three citizen in the country.
Ifeanyi Ubah is the convener and major financier of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN. Close to one year prior to the ongoing campaigns for elective posts in Nigeria, Ubah and some like minds rose to the challenge of people-mobilization towards the re-election of incumbent President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
TAN is today a toast of even critics having achieved so much in support of Mr. President in mobilization of majority of Nigerians, young and old, from diverse geo-political enclaves, culminating into getting a whopping 18 million voter-signatures for his re-election.
Godswill Obot Akpabio
With Godswill Obot Akpabio on his side, President Jonathan can be sure of winning a large number of votes in not only Akwa Ibom State, where he is Governor but in the South South region of the country.One of the most trusted people in Jonathan’s circle, Akpabio is a footsoldier for the President’s cause
The Ondo State Governor who was once with the Labour Party, officially decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party on October 2, 2014 and has since become a trusted ally of Mr President.
He was alleged to have worked assidiously in wooing the people of South West to support the President’s re-election bid.
The presidental candidate of the All Progressives Congress will be hoping for better luck this time around after his failed attempts in the past.He ran unsuccessfully for the office of President in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 general elections.
Buhari is a retired Major General in the Nigerian Army and was Head of State of Nigeria from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état.
A native of Daura in Katsina State, Buhari is of the Fulani ethnic background, and his faith is Sunni Islam.
Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo
He is a Senior Advocate Of Nigeria (SAN), Professor of Law and a Senior Partner at a law firm.
Osinbajo served as the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007.
After the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013, Yemi was tasked, with other notable Nigerians, to design and produce a manifesto for the new political party.
This culminated in the presentation of the “Roadmap to a New Nigeria” , a document published by APC as its manifesto if elected to power . The highlights of the Roadmap included a free schools meal plan, a conditional cash transfer to the 25 million poorest Nigerians if they enroll their children in school and immunize them. There are also a number of programs designed to create economic opportunities for Nigeria’s massive youth population.
On 17 December 2014, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Retired General Muhammadu Buhari announced him as his running mate and vice-presidential candidate .
Bola Ahmed Tinubu
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress is no doubt the most influential member of the party.
Before the 2011 election Tinubu was active in negotiations to bring together the fragmented opposition parties into a “mega-party” capable of challenging the PDP in future.
That attempt failed and his party Action Congress and others failed to hijack from the ruling party.
The former Lagos State Governor played a active role in the formation of the APC and he will be glad to see his party claim victory in what is expected to be a keenly contested election today.
Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
The Rivers State Governor was a member of the People’s Democratic Party before defecting to the All Progressives Congress on 27 November 2013 after falling out with President Goodluck Jonathan. Amaechi is the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Presidential Campaign.
John Odigie Oyegun
John Odigie Oyegun is the first national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) . He was also the Executive Governor of Edo State between 1992 and 1993, during the aborted Nigerian Third Republic.
His election as National Chairman of the APC which was alledged to have been influenced by Bola Tinubu , the APC national leader, is thought to have played an important role in the decision.
The choice of Oyegun, from the mostly christian south of the country, is calculated to win both Christian and Moslem voters in the challenge to President Goodluck Jonathan’s People’s Democratic Party.
He is the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress. The suave and experienced legal practioner has done his job with with the ingenuity of a man of his calibre and helped launder the image of his party even beyond the shores of Nigeria.
He will surely be one of the winners should his party succeeded in claiming victory in today’s elections.
Babatunde Raji Fashola
The Lagos State Governor is one of the major voices within his party who have thrown their weight behind the candidacy of Muhammadu Buhari. Not only that Fashola who remains a reference point in 21st century governance has engaged the oppostion in hot debates on the forthcoming elections.
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal
The Speaker of the House of Represetatives and Nigeria’s number four citizen. Formerly a member of the PDP, Tambuwal defected to the APC on October 28, 2014. He represents the Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency of Sokoto State.
The Sokoto born politician will played a significant role in swaying northern voters to support his party’s candidate who is from that part of the country.
Abubakar Bukola Saraki
He was a member of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) but recently defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Saraki’s father, Olusola Saraki, is a former senator of Kwara State and like his father, wields massive influence in the north central zone of the country.
Dino Melaye was also a former PDP member but is now a stauch loyalist of the opposition. He has been one of the most outspoken members of APC and has also used every opportunity to taunt the opposition party,he is also vying for a seat in the Senate under the APC.
PAST WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP
Winnner: Alhaji Shehu Shagari (NPN)
Runner-up: Chief Obafemi Awolowo (UPN)
Winner: Chief M.K.O Abiola [SDP]
Runner-up: Alhaji Bashir Tofa [NRC]
*Result was annulled by Military Government of General Ibrahim Babangida before Abiola’s victory could be announced.
Winner: Chief Olusegun Obasanjo [PDP]
Runner-up: Chief Olu Falae [AD]
Winner: Chief Olusegun Obasanjo [PDP]
Runner-up: General Muhammadu Buhari [ANPP]
Winner: Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua [PDP]
Runner-up: General Muhammadu Buhari [ANPP]
Winner: Dr.Goodluck Jonathan [PDP]
Runner-up: General Muhammadu [CPC]