Politics: List of South East politicians that applied For presidency

Politics: List of South East politicians that applied For presidency
Politics: List of South East politicians that applied For presidency

Politics: List of South East politicians that applied For presidency

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the yearnings and aspirations of the Southeast in leading Nigeria, after decades of being marginally in repudiation, has been a scenario ladened with years of grumbling that metamorphosed into agitations from different blocks of discontented people from the South East, hence the idea of giving room for an Igbo president is incontestably a fair step in the right direction.

South easterners have the right to take a shot at the presidential position in Nigeria once again as the 2023 presidential race draws near and both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have strong candidates from the southeast.

Some of the contenders for the presidency from the Southeast, Amaechi, Kalu, Umahi and Okorocha are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, the likes of Anyim, Ohuabunwa and Obi are in the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

But the question in the mind of an average political observers is “Who among the South-Easterners presidential hopefuls has all it takes to be the next president.”

1. Peter Obi

According to a report by Vanguard, the former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Gregory Obi has given the condition on which he would throw his hat in the ring, as regards the 2023 presidential election contest.

The PDP Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2019 Presidential polls, said that though he is capable of turning around the fortunes of the country, he will wait on the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party before he declares his intention. While affirming his commitment to building a better Nigeria, he advised all and sundry to choose a candidate who is competent and most importantly has integrity.

2. Orji Uzor Kali


The current chief whip for the Senate House of Nigeria, Orji Uzor Kalu, announced his desire to run for president on 21 January 2022. Initially, there were no plans to run for president, but he was encouraged by leaders from the six geopolitical zones to run for the post. Kalu was the former governor of Abia State from 1999 to 2007.

3. Kingsley Moghalu


A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Kingsley Moghalu has also declared his intention to contest for president in 2023. Moghalu had said his decision to contest again for president was driven by concern for suffering Nigerians who seek an alternative to the status quo. The former CBN deputy governor contested the presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in 2019 and has since moved to the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

4. Rochas Okorocha

The former governor of Imo State and a representative of the Imo Western region, Rochas Okorocha, declared his intention to contest for the presidency in 2023. This was announced through a letter that was addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan on 26 January 2022. He believes that Nigeria needs a detribalized citizen who can rule the country.

5. David Umahi


Umahi is the current governor of Ebonyi State who is also a member of the APC. In November 2020, he deterred from the PDP to the APC, claiming a motivation to bring the South East region closer to the centre of power. If elected as president, Umahi said his presidency will replicate his efforts in Ebonyi State at the national level, and that he intends to bring a ‘business-like spirit into governance.

6. Anyim Pius Anyim

The former Senate President, and one time Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ayim Pius Anyim has declared his interest in the presidential race. He feels it was time for someone from the South-east to lead the country and has vowed to contest, whether the presidential slot is zoned to his zone or not.

He strongly believes the next president should be able to rebuild, protect lives and property, revive the economy, create jobs and rehabilitate the collapsed educational system. According to him, the task ahead called for a candidate who possesses the political pedigree, vision and credentials to lead the PDP to accomplish the tasks. He believes he has what it takes to govern the country, particularly in these trying times.

7. Rotimi Amaechi


According to a report by the Punch, the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai unanimously revealed that the Minister for Transportation Rotimi Amaechi is the preferred presidential candidate of President Muhammad Buhari and he won’t mind being Amaechi’s running mate if the president asked him to.

Even though the former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi has not declared his intention, some interest groups in the country have been nudging him to throw his hat in the battle to succeed the president. Some believed that at 56, Amaechi does not have the burden of old age-related health challenges associated with some aspirants. Many people have linked the 2023 presidency to his recent coronation as: Dan Amanah Daura, which translates to mean the ‘Trusted son of Daura.’

8. Sam Ohuabunwa 

Ohuabunwa is the founder and former chief executive officer of Neimeth Pharmaceutical. Ohuabunwa has solicited leaders of the PDP to support his presidential ambitions, as he believes that he is the best-suited aspirant to lead the party back to power and develop Nigeria.

9. Nyesom Wike


According to a report by Vanguard, Wike is championing a Southern Presidency, a cause that may earn him the ticket especially if he succeeds in convincing Emmanuel and Ugwuanyi to step down for him. Atiku and Tambuwal are however insisting that the race be thrown open to ensure that the most popular, regardless of ethnicity emerges to battle the APC for the soul of Nigeria

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