With 2023 a few aways, politicians and political Parties have already started plotting their graphs and setting up machinery to ensure that the 2023 elections tilts in their favour. A few have indicated their interest to run for the presidency while some other have shrouded their intention in mystery. Here are a few whose ambitions have become subject to rumours in the ruling party APC
1. Orji Uzor Kalu
Orji Uzor is a 2 term Governor of Abia State and presently the Senate Chief Whip. He is the Senator representing Abia North in the National Assembly. Fondly called OUK, Kalu’s interest in the Presidency started in 2007 when he contested for the office under the Progressives People Alliance (PPA). He is today, one of the topmost contenders for the office who are of Igbo extraction.
2. George Akume
Akume, a two-term governor of Benue State, is the current Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs. He represented Benue North-West senatorial district, popularly known as Zone B, in the National Assembly. He was the Minority Leader of the Senate from June 2011 to June 2015.
3. Abdulaziz Yari
Yari belongs to the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) bloc of the APC. Until 2007, when he was elected as a member of the House of Representatives (Anka/Talata Mafara federal Constituency. He at a point rose to the position of National Financial Secretary.
In 2011, he defeated Mahmuda Aliyu Shinkafi, a sitting governor in Zamfara state, following the support of his then godfather, Ahmed Sani Yarima. He ruled for eight years.
4. Senator Kashim Shettima
Shettima, a two-term Governor of Borno state.
Despite the insurgency, Shettima succeeded in addressing some of the developmental challenges in the state.
5. Danjuma Goje
Senator Goje, a 68-year-old former governor of Gombe state, is a ranking lawmaker at the Senate. He has been representing the Gombe Central senatorial district since 2011.
6. Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
He is Borno state’s first governor to serve two consecutive terms (2003-2011). In 2003, he ran on the platform of the ANPP and won. He was re-elected in 2007 and sworn in on 29 May, same year.
Sheriff later played a key role in the formation of the APC. He also served as a Senator representing Borno Central.
7. Senator Al-Makura
Al-Makura belongs to the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) element of the APC. He is being promoted by his successor in Nasarawa state, Governor Abdullahi Sule.
Although, Al-Makura represents Nasarawa South senatorial district, is yet to formally declare his intention to vie for the position, sources around the former governor said he enjoyed the full support of most of the elements of the CPC in the APC.
8. Yahaya Bello
The current Governor of Kogi has never hidden his intention to run for the highest position in the land.
His recent visit to Obasanjo has added fire to the rumour of his interest in the position.
9. Dave Umahi
The current Governor of Ebonyi state who has transformed his state has been rumoured to be interested in running for the presidency.
Many have said he joined the APC recently to make that ambition a reality.