People to watch in 2022
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has set February 18, 2023 for the election of the president, vice-president and members of the federal parliament.
As the country’s president and leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), his every action will be at the heart of most intrigue and all-party political results in 2022. Under his tenure, he is expected to largely dictate the pace of political events heading into the 2023 general election, especially since he won’t be on the ballot for the first time in 20 years.
As chairman of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), Yakubu is perhaps the most critical non-political figure in the whole process. As such, he will be a key person of interest in 2022.
The vice president is a key figure in the tale of the succession of his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. Although he has not yet declared his intention to run for the post, some of his supporters have since put in place a presidential campaign office. To that end, each of his actions and inactions will be crucial in the coming year.
Like most past presidents, Jonathan would always be someone to watch, especially in an election year. But his case is unique. Besides the fact that he was one of the most active former African presidents with regard to the diplomatic missions he has had to undertake since his departure, the incessant rumors of his defection from the PDP to the APC will continue to plague him. spirit of political thinkers and of the nation in general. Over the past year, Jonathan’s alleged defection plot began to dominate national discussions shortly after this visit from the CPA national leadership and some governors.
Like his successor Jonathan, ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo is very involved abroad. However, in the last quarter of his year, the former president became more visible and vocal on national issues. Known for courting controversy, Obasanjo will certainly be a person of interest in 2022 as he would be insightful who he supports for the presidency. Having resigned from partisan politics, his residency could be a must-see for candidates.
Since 1993, the former vice president has remained a constant in the presidential elections in Nigeria. And 2023 won’t be an exception as rumors are already circulating that he will enter the fray again. While his supporters, once again, await his official declaration for the top seat, he will certainly be a person to watch in 2022. He has since become very active in PDP activities following his return from what some have called the political hibernation in Dubai. .
As speculation over his 2023 presidential bid grows, the former Lagos state governor and APC national leader will be a key person to watch next year.
While his political engagements saw him spend more time outside his stronghold of Bourdillion over the previous year, the large number of political leaders who visited him on his recent medical trip abroad in says a lot about his influence.
He has since started consultations before 2023, as well as frequent visits to the Villa, which places him among those to watch in 2022.
The outgoing Senate Speaker has been heavily involved in strategic and key political commitments within his party, the PDP. He expressed his ambition to run for president in 2023 and has since started meeting with party leaders accordingly. He had been chairman of his party’s reconciliation committee. He will certainly be a major figure to watch in the political space next year, as his action will somehow shape the trajectory of his party and the entire regime.
The governor of Sokoto state is rumored to be interested in the top seat in 2023 as well. As such, he will be keen to put his weight on next year. More so, as chairman of the PDP Governors Forum, he will be an important figure in shaping political decisions both in his party and in the wider political spectrum.
He is certainly one of the most influential governors in the political system today and certainly a key power agent of the PDP. After successfully effecting a change of leadership in the national leadership of the PDP, the governor of Rivers State has become the type that all high-level PDP political actors must consult or take the pulse of the party’s issues before 2023. More so, with rumors of his eye for the presidency, whether as president or vice president, he will be a key player in the 2023 discussion next year.
The former governor of Anambra and former vice presidential candidate is also linked to the 2023 presidential race even though, like many others, he has yet to come out publicly in his favor. However, his political engagements of late have cast him as someone who is not ready to take a back seat until 2023. This is all the more so since his emergence as Atiku’s running mate in 2019 has surprised many. many experts. Today, he is considered one of the skillful actors in the political space.
As the national chairman of the PDP, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, former chairman of the Senate, how he leads the ship of the main opposition party will be instructive. He is expected to chair the party’s primaries and lead the charge for the party’s return to power in 2023.
Next year, APC national president Mai Mala Buni is expected to hold a crucial national convention to elect the new party leaders. But he also has a key mission to ensure that the atmosphere is ripe for such a task after the rumblings that have dragged through the neighborhood, local government and state conventions.
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The former president of the Senate and secretary of the government of the federation has already made known his intentions. He is one of the few to openly declared himself for the presidential seat in 2023. He has since started consultations.
The Minister of State for Education is considered a close ally of the president, from the late Congress Progressive Change (CPC) bloc. He is also assumed to be interested in the race although he has not yet declared himself. Calm, human and suave, he is considered strategic and wise.
He is the president of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), the college of 36 governors in the country and arguably the second most influential power bloc in the country, after the presidency. However, beyond being the influential forum leader, Fayemi is also said to have an interest in the 2023 presidential race. But he faces the governorship election in his state this year.
Candidates for the national president of the APC
Others to watch are the CPA national presidential candidates. The candidates are Former Governor of Nasarawa, Senator Tanko Al-Makura, Senator Mohammed Musa, Former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari, Former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
The others are the former Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, Malam Mustapha Saliu, Mr. Sunny Monidafe, Mohammed Etsu and Senator George Akume.
If you are looking for: Who is the Most Successful Entrepreneur in Nigeria? The result you would get is Aliko Dangote. He leads the collection of successful entrepreneurs with a net worth of $ 12.6 billion. He was born in 1957 and his birthplace is Kano State. In 1977, when he was only 20 years old, the young man created the Dangote Business Group.
Aliko Dangote’s business started out as a small business specializing in commerce. It is now a large multi-billion dollar corporation with branches in Nigeria and other African countries like Ghana, Republic of Benin and Togo. The Dangote Group is known to be the most influential industrial group in the West African region. It has approximately 30,000 employees.
Tony Elumelu founded Heirs Holdings, a company that invests in electricity, real estate, healthcare, hospitality, oil and gas, in 2010. Tony is also the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
The name of Tony O. Elumelu in business circles is treated with so much admiration and respect.
It may come from collective recollection of his famous stubborn entrepreneurial decision to turn around a massively failing Nigerian bank in a relatively short period of time, a move that surprised the country and market analysts. Or maybe it’s the fact that every time you look around you are bound to come across people and businesses that have been brushed against by the lush generosity of Elumelu’s philanthropic endeavors. And these do not in any way adequately describe the extent of his influence. As he recently turned 58, taking a look at his life, works and accomplishments is a worthwhile task.
Godwin Emeifele is the 11th sitting Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for a second term.
During his tenure, Emefiele wielded commendable influence as governor keeping an eye on the economy as a whole. He remarkably balanced the monetary and price stability mandate of the Bank with the development objectives of the national economy.
However, with a sharp drop in crude oil prices and a reduction in Nigeria’s oil production quota, as well as the significant decline in government revenues and foreign exchange earnings due to the impact of two successive recessions in addition to COVID -19 impact on the national economy, the exchange rate has not been stable. However, his intervention in the rice revolution and other initiatives set him apart from his ilk.
Alhaji Musbahu Mohammad Bashir
Alhaji Musbahu Mohammed Bashir, the calm and effervescent billionaire from Kano, is the founder of Mafab Communications, one of the bidders who recently gave MTN and Airtel a run for their money to land a 10-year spectrum license to supply the much talked about 5G services, and a minimum requirement of an operational Universal Access Service License (UASL)
An engineer with a Midas flair, Bashir is also chairman of the Althani group of companies with diverse interests in the oil and gas, banking, insurance, real estate and telecommunications industries, headquartered at at 12A Yalinga Street, Wuse 11, Abuja.
He is also a director on the board of directors of Jaiz Bank Plc, Bento Drill Nigeria Limited and Resources Capital Group.
With the removal of subsidies planned for 2022, the increase in taxes as provided for in the 2021 finance bill, Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed could have as much impact on the lives of Nigerians as chief executive of ‘a state, a company or even the president. If Ahmed goes ahead with his plan to pay 40 million poor Nigerians 5,000 naira instead of the fuel subsidy, his policy risks breaking or killing a number of citizens.