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2023: Nigerians Cautioned Not To Elect Next President Based On Popularity, As Top Politicians Warm Up



As Nigeria approaches 2023, the contest to determine who would be the country’s next president is quickly becoming a key topic inside the country’s political sphere.

Nigerians appear to be talking about two important political figures: Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Atiku Abubakar, former Vice President and former Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate.


Atiku began his presidential campaign in the days of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in which the late MKO Abiola defeated him to become the presidential candidate and eventual winner in 1992, but the election was nullified.

Despite his attempt to become President, Atiku climbed to become Vice President under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and the two served two terms together. Turaki Adamawa has continued to work for the realization of his presidential ambitions after leaving office, but without success.


Atiku, who lost to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, is said to be considering running for president again in 2023. He has yet to proclaim his plans, but his supporters are already preparing the ground, with campaign banners appearing in several states.

Similarly, Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is said to be “eyeing” the highest political position in Nigeria.

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Tinubu, who is well-known for his human capacity development and political savvy, is widely regarded as the finest candidate to succeed Buhari in 2023. Tinubu’s political legacy includes former Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola, who is now the Minister of Works and Housing; Tunde Fowler, former head of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS; and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, among others.

Some feel that Buhari would not have been president if not for the influence of “Asiwaju.”


To that end, the South West Agenda for Asiwaju, or SWAGA, stated that the former Lagos State governor already has 12 to 13 million votes in hand ahead of the presidential election.

Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, a SWAGA chieftain, predicted Tinubu will repeat Buhari’s accomplishment of receiving 12 million votes from the North in 2025.


Adeyeye stated that the entire Southwest would put aside their differences, both politically and traditionally, to ensure that Asiwaju, as he is colloquially known, becomes Nigeria’s next president.

Shina Peller, a member of the House of Representatives, has urged Nigerians against electing their next president based solely on personality attributes.

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Peller, a member of the current APC, believes that Nigerians should choose their next president based on a solid institution rather than a personality.

He advised Nigerians to establish a solid institution from which the country’s leader would be chosen rather than relying on individuals.


Peller made the statement in response to an inquiry about Tinubu’s ambition.

“We need to construct an institution now, we don’t need to select any single person and say we want to rally around that person,” Peller said in an Instagram interview with @Officialsamolatunji1. Let us create an institution, establish a set of criteria, and see who meets them.


“There is no institution that has yet established the requirements.” Is Asiwaju a Christian, as required by the qualifications for the future president?

He stated that relying on personalities to save Nigeria was a mistake, and that the next president should be elected through institutions capable of ensuring individuals’ competency.


“We did the same error twice. There was a moment in Nigeria when President Obasanjo was released from prison and everyone said he was the ideal guy for the job, and we began to circle him.
President Buhari had the same thing. “Everyone was saying Muhammadu Buhari is a saint, that he is not corrupt, and then everyone started running around him, and I believe this has to stop,” Peller added.

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In addition, a PDP chieftain who did not want to be identified stated that the future president of Nigeria should be chosen based on competency rather than popularity.


He added that Nigerians would continue to make mistakes by relying on popularity to choose the country’s president.

“We need to put an end to this popularity issue when it comes to picking a president.”


We did it with Obasanjo, and we did it again with Buhari. They believed Buhari would turn Nigeria around because he was straightforward, but look at where we are now.

His is the most biased and sectarian regime that has wrecked Nigeria. “We must do better in 2023,” he said.


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