The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is the main opposition party to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the 2023 general election in Nigeria. Here is the list of PDP Presidential Candidates 2023 who have already indicated their interest. Four (4) out of the Nineteen (19) current PDP governors are in the list of the aspirants.
Unlike the All Progressives Congress (APC) that have zoned their presidential ticket to Southern Nigeria, PDP didn’t take any decision on zoning, reason, aspirants from different part of the country are contesting for the position.
List of PDP Presidential Candidates 2023
Below are top PDP aspirants that have shown interest:
1. Peter Obi
Peter Obi is from Anambra State (South East). He is a politician and a businessman. Obi is the former governor of Anambra State. He served two terms between 2008 and 2016 under All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) before joining PDP in 2017.
As a businessman, Obi knows very well how to change Nigeria from a consuming country to a producing country. He contested as vice-presidential candidate of PDP alongside Atiku Abubakar who contested for president in 2019, but they failed. But in 2023, Peter Obi decided to go for the presidential position, now contesting against Atiku for PDP presidential ticket.
According to Peter Obi, his administration as president will create more jobs, boost the economy, and improve the education system in the country.
2. Atiku Abubakar
Atiku is the former Vice President of Nigeria. He is from Adamawa State (Northeast Nigeria). Atiku Abubakar is a businessman and politician. He has contested for the Adamawa State Governor two times. First, in 1990, and second in 1998, before becoming the vice-presidential candidate in 1999.
In 1993, Atiku contested for a presidential position under Social Democratic Party (SDP) presidential primaries but he lost to Moshood Abiola.
Atiku Abubakar at 74, still believe he has all it takes to rule Nigeria. He is reportedly the PDP oldest aspirants so far which makes some people to believe that he doesn’t have fresh ideas for the country. But in terms of experience, Atiku has a lot of experiences to lift Nigeria. Like a prodigal son, Atiku had left PDP to join the ruling party, APC, but he later returned to PDP.
Atiku, during his public declaration, said he would tackle five key areas of unity in Nigeria, security, economy, education and to carry resources and powers give federating units.
3. Bukola Saraki
Bukola Saraki, a 59-year-old, is a medical doctor by profession before he joined politics. Saraki is the former Senate President and also the former governor of Kwara State. He is the son of a former National politician, Olusola Saraki. Like Atiku, Saraki, has left PDP to the ruling party, APC, but he returned to PDP ahead of the 2019 election. He served for one term as Senator before he lose second term.
4. Sam Ohabunwa
Ohabunwa, a pharmacist and politician in Abia State (Southeast Nigeria). He is 71 years, making him second oldest aspirant after Atiku that is contesting for PDP presidential primary.
Sam Ohabunwa is the former chairman of the Nigerian economic summit group and also has served as the chairman of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.
Ohabunwa believes he has what it will take to make Nigeria self-sufficient, noting that the country needs to produce what it consumes.
According to him, Nigeria is more divided than it was in 1970, and he said he would focus on uniting the country and ensure that every citizen is happy.
5. Ayodele Fayose
Ayodele Fayose, also known as Ayo Fayose, is 62 years old politician from Ekiti State. He is a former governor of Ekiti who served two terms as governor. The first time is between 2003 and 2006. He was removed from power until he comes back again and served from 2014 to 2018.
Fayose believes he has the needed experience to lead Nigeria.
6. Anyim Pius Anyim
Pius Anyim, 61 years, is from Ishiagu, Ebonyi State (southeast) Nigeria. He is a former Secretary to the government of the federation under President Goodluck Jonathan.
Pius, also served as a Senator from 1999, and by 2000, he became the Senate President and remained in the position till 2003.
According to Anyim Pius Anyim, it is the time for the southeast of Nigeria to produce the next president of the country in 2023.
He said that PDP get what is needed to return to power, adding that he would focus on taking Nigeria back to greatness.
7. Nyesom Wike
Nyesom Wike is a popular politician from Rivers State. His 59-year-old lawyer, called to Bar in 1997 and by 1999 he became a local government chairman of Obio-Akpor.
In 2007, Nyesom Wike was appointed as Chief of staff to former governor Rotimi Amaechi. Then in, 2011 former Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan appointed him as Minister of State for Education.
Then in 2015, be become the governor of Rivers State till date.
Nyesom Wike believes that his administration as president will solve the leadership problem in country and sustain economic growth
8. Aminu Tambuwal
Tambuwal, a 56 years old politician, is from Sokoto State (Northwest), he’s a second term governor of Sokoto State. Before becoming a Governor, he has had served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives between 2011 and 2015.
He contested for presidential office in 2019, but failed. Tambuwal has been enjoying the support of his friend, Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers state. But now he is contesting against Wike to get the PDP party ticket. He said his plan is to fix all the problem the country is facing.
9. Bala Mohammed
Bala Mohammed is 63 years old from Bauchi state. He is the current governor of Bauchi State. Mohammed was a Senator, who served between 2007 and 2010 before becoming a Governor. In 2010, Mohammed was the Minister of Abuja, and served from 2010 to 2015.
Bala Mohammed believes he can change Nigeria for good.
10. Emmanuel Udom
Emmanuel Udom is from Akwa Ibom, he is a former governor of Akwa Ibom State who served two term. Before joining politics, Udom was an Accountant who have worked for different banks in Nigeria. It is former governor Godwill Akpabio that brought him to politics, when he appointed him as Secretary to the Akwa Ibom state government in 2013.
Emmanuel said, it is the time for men of proven integrity, character and experience to lead Nigeria.
Kindly note that all the listed PDP presidential aspirants have picked their nomination form to contest for the party primary next month.