SIX PEOPLE LIKELY TO SUCCEED PRESIDENT BUHARI SHOULD THE APC & PDP DECIDE TO ZONE ITS TICKET TO THE SOUTH EAST.
1. Peter Obi
Peter Gregory Obi, a former two term Governor of Anambra state, is one of the top candidates considered for the presidency from the South East.
A multi billionaire before venturing into business, former Chairman of Fidelity bank, an experienced businessman and economist.
Obi was the PDP vice-presidential candidate during the last general election, running with former VP Atiku Abubakar under the People’s Democratic Party.
2. Rochas Okorocha
He is the current Senator representing Imo West Senatorial district at the 9th Nigerian Senate.
He was also a two-time Governor of Imo State.
On his first attempt as a Governor, he ran on the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) platform and ran on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) for his second term.
He is one of those warming up to vie for the presidency in 2023 if the APC zones it’s ticket to the South East.
3. Orji Uzor Kalu
Orji Uzor Kalu, is a former governor of Abia State and currently the Senate Chief whip.
He contested in the 2019 Nigerian general election to represent the people of Abia North in the Senate, running under the banner of All Progressives Congress. He defeated the incumbent senator Mao Ohuabunwa with over 10,000 votes.
Senator Kalu is one of the candidates from the South East considered for the biggest office in the country.
4. Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu
Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is a Nigerian political economist, lawyer, former United Nations official, and professor of International Business and public policy at the Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Kingsley is the founder of Sogato Strategies (LLC), and a senior adviser of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum. In 2016, Moghalu founded the Institute for Governance and Economic Transformation.
He is the 2019 Young Progressive Party (YPP) Presidential candidate for the 2019 Presidential elections.
5. Chris Ngige
A former Governor of Anambra State and Senator for Anambra Central Constituency.
Ngige was named minister of Labour and Employment by President Muhammadu Buhari 2015. In 2019, Chris Ngige was re-nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as a returning Minister for screening by the house of assembly. On 21 August 2019, he was sworn in by the President as the Minister of Labour and Employment.
A senior cabinet member and ally of the President, Ngige is tipped to take a shot at the Presidency of the country if it is zoned to the South East.
6. Dave Umahi
The current Governor of Ebonyi state just defected to the ruling party in what many people including Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state have attributed to the 2023 plan.
Chairman of the South East Governors’ Forum (SGF), Umahi has always been recognised as one of the people capable of succeeding President Buhari in 2023.
On November 11, 2020 Governor Dave Umahi declared his intention to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) and on 17 November 2020 he officially defected to the party after a long-time speculation. Umahi made his declaration of joining the APC for reasons according to him, one of them being that “the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been unfair to the South East Geopolitical Zone” and secondly, “that it has being hijacked by one or two individuals”.
He also doused the speculation against him that he joined the APC because he wanted a presidential ticket which wasn’t promised to him in the PDP by saying that he would quit politics in 2023 after leaving office as governor.