As the 2023 elections draw closer with prominent Nigerian politicians across political parties coming out to declare interest in running for the presidency, some have equally made an open statement of not having the intention to contest the seat, even though there have been speculations in recent times.
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Nigerian presidential elections have always been awash with skepticism, political conspiracies, permutations, and interests. It is increasingly becoming more sophisticated and difficult on every elective year because the leaders have heated the polity along ethnic and religious lines.
In the 2023 general elections, the struggle to get President Buhari's successor in each political party in the country has been a controversial issue. Zoning, not competence, is now the lexical word being spoken about within the political cycles in the country!
The phenomena ahead of the PDP national convention likely holding in October ending has been a sad development that shows Nigeria has a long way to go about her democratic system of government.
Even though the major events so far have been about the Peoples Democratic Party, it is obvious that the ruling party, APC is going to show its dramatic scenes very soon probably starting from its State Congresses.
In this article, you are going to read about 3 distinguished Nigerian politicians who have, despite pressures, declared no interest in contesting the upcoming presidential elections in 2023:
1. Professor Attahiru Jega
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After co-founding a political movement called 'Rescue Nigeria Project' RNP with several prominent politicians in the country, many had thought he was going to run for the presidency in 2023.
However, the former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and a member of the Peoples Redemption Party has now debunked the speculations. This is contained in a report published by the Punch on Sunday.
Jega further expressed that he had not told anyone he was interested in running for the position of Nigeria’s president noting that the speculations were made by the papers.
The former Vice-Chancellor further hinted that he has no ambition at all for the exalted office, but has a great desire to contribute his quota as to bring positive changes to Nigerian politics.
2. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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On October 1, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Nigerian-born Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala debunked a widely speculated Presidential ambition, describing it as “utterly ridiculous and not true.”
The speculation was coming amidst rumors of quitting her WTO job to run for the Nigerian presidency probably on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. However, Okonjo-Iweala said she is not interested, saying she is enjoying her current job.
Of course, there had been several calls in the past to contest having been a Minister of finance under two Nigerian presidents, coupled with her wide experience in the world economy. They strongly believe that she has what it takes to the country out of the woods.
3. Rotimi Akeredolu
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Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has distanced himself from all the activities linking him to the 2023 presidential election. The governor reacted after his campaign posters flooded social media.
Recall that the campaign posters and fliers urging him to run in the next presidential election had depicted Akeredolu/Buni joint APC ticket.
He described the development as a ‘needless distraction’. He, therefore advised those behind such campaign posters to be guided just as he holds the firm view that only God can put men in position. This is reported by The Sun on September 1.
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