With the 2019 elections in focus, it is important to take a close look at some frontrunners in the race for the presidency and their chances to win the election as Nigerian is headed for the poll in less than a month from now.
First on the list is the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari. A native of Daura in Katsina State of Nigeria. Born on the 17th of December,1942. A retired Major general in the Nigerian Army and one time Head of State of the country. He is running for a 2nd term in the forth coming general election.
Next on the list is Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party. A native of Jada in Adamawa State of Nigeria,born on 25th of November 1946. Atiku was once the Vice President of Nigeria during the tenure of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the President of Nigeria. He is the presidential candidate of the people’s Democratic Party in the forth coming general elections.
Obiageli Ezekwesili, a native of Anambra State of Nigeria was born on April 28th 1963 and a Chartered Accountant by profession. She served as a Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and then as Federal Minister of Education during the second term presidency of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. She is the presidential Candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria in the forth coming general elections.
Omoyele Sowore, founder of an online news agency Sahara Reporters is a human rights activist and Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress. Born on February 16th 1971, Omoyele Sowore hails from Ondo State, Nigeria.
Among the aforementioned presidential candidates, two stand out and that is simply because they are running under the two dominant political parties in Nigeria, the PDP and the APC. Having said that, the candidacy of Omoyele Sowore of the African Action Congress is worth mentioning, looking at the fact that among all the candidates, he seem to be the most appealing to the younger generations who have been tirelessly clamouring in recent times for the active participation of youths in politics.
Being the most prominent among all the women running for the topmost political seat in the country, Ezekwensili seem to have a point to prove that women still have a say in politics.
Apart from these candidates, there are many other candidates contesting to become the next President in the 2019 election of the most populated country in Africa. A trend that projects many uncertainty for the forth coming election.
While the two dominant political parties revel in the position of being the two elephant in the race, some of the other political parties are speedily gaining momentum and the AAC is a typical example of one of such.
Many see it as almost impossibility for Sowore’s AAC to win the two titans in the race but owing to the well articulated structure the AAC and similar other parties have put in place, coupled with the various internal instabilities of PDP and APC, the election may spring up some uncommon surprises. However, there has been speculations that some of these smaller parties were created by the bigger parties in order to use them as tools to take divert voters’ attention and take a hold of some areas where they are not popular.
The question therefore is, will the 2019 elections spring up a surprise that will change the face of Nigerian politics or are we headed for the same political manipulations that have long been a cog in the advancement of the Nigerian politics.