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2023: 5 Potential Southern Presidential Aspirants That May Emerge After Southern Govs' Resolution

The race to the 2023 presidency is beginning to gather momentum and diverse groups, regions are already making their preferred choices known.

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In particular, some northern prominent politicians like Senator Ali Ndume, Umar Ganduje, Nasir Elrufai, Aminu Masari, Babagana Zulum, Abdullahi Sule at different times, has spoken in support of the next presidency going to the south in the spirit of equity, fairness and justice. 

Similarly, in Monday, the Southern Governors’ Forum (SGF), insisted on rotational presidency, saying Nigeria’s president in 2023 must come from the South.

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As a result, it is obvious that any political party that chooses to zone her presidential ticket outside the South will undoubtedly lose the bloc votes (of the South) to Political Parties that respects the aspirations of southern Governors and the people.

However, while neither the APC nor PDP has publicly reveal her decision on the agitation for presidency zoning to the South, there are likelihood that the two major political parties may yield to the pressure.

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If this is comes through, Nigerians may have to choose from some renowned politician from the region listed below, because they're likely to give the presidency seat a shot, even though they've not publicly declare their intentions to do so.

Amongst these potential presidential aspirants are:

1. Rotimi Amaechi:

The Minister of Transportation has vast and diverse political experience.

He was the speaker of the house in the two terms he served in the state house of assembly.

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He also governed Rivers state for eight years as a Governor and he's the current Minister of transportation.

Amaechi defected to the APC in 2013 and became director general of Muhammadu Buhari's presidential campaign.

Amaechi is 56 years old.

2. Bola Ahmed Tinubu: 'Jagaban' is a renowned figure in Nigeria politics, owing to his vast political influence that cut across virtually all the geopolitical zones.

He was a former governor of Lagos State who served two terms and through his political influence, several individuals have been able to find a way through to become prominent politicians in their domain.

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The 69-year-old politician was also a very instrumental to the displacement of former Goodluck Jonathan from power, after throwing his full support behind President Buhari's presidential ambition in 2015, as he was active in negotiations that brought together the fragmented opposition parties into a "mega-party" which eventually birthed APC and dislodged the PDP from power.

He's also believed to be buoyant enough to conveniently finance his perceived ambition.

3. Senator Rochas Okorocha:

The outspoken politician, also has wealth of political experience.

He served two terms as Governor of Imo state. The first term under the APGA umbrella, while the second was in the APC.

He's also the current Senator representing Imo west under the APC platform.

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Interestingly, Okorocha under the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP), ran for the party's presidential nomination but a disappointing result in the primary in 2003 ended his ambition.

He's known to be a philanthropist, aside being a prominent politician from the southeast.

Okorocha is 58 years of age.

4. Kayode Fayemi:

The former Minister of Solid Minerals Development, who is also the incumbent Ekiti state Governor, is also a popular politician in the southern region and southwest zone in particular.

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The astute APC politician, is known for his outstanding relationship and leadership skills as displayed in his coordination of a rancour-free Governors' Forum, which he is the chairman.

Although, he hasn't make any public declaration about vying for the presidency seat, lawmakers in his state House of Assembly and other groups have asked him to run.

The chairman of Governor's Forum is 56 years of age.

5. Peter Obi:

Obi served two terms as Anambra State Governor. He was also the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party's Presidential Candidate in the Nigerian 2019 Presidential elections.

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Consequently, with his vast political experience, the prominent politician is one of those to watch out for in the 2023 presidential race if he decides to run or offered the ticket by his party, PDP.

Peter Obi happens to be one of the most popular politician can bank on, if the party decides to eventually zone the presidency to the southeast.

Obi will be 60 years of old, by July 19.

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To this end, if any of these potential aspirants are presented, which would you prefer to become Nigeria's president ?

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