The stage is already getting set for the 2023 presidential election, as applicants are gradually beginning to officially declare their interest in contesting in the election. A while ago, we read the reports about some notable Nigerians who have come out intimately to declare their intentions to dispute for the number one office in the country, and possibly emerged as a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The election which is anticipated to be keenly contested between the country’ s ruling party, the All progressive Congress (APC), and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has continued to induce heated debates between the North and Southern regions over the issue of zoning of the 2023 Presidency to a particular region. Recall that the Southern region is averring that it’ s their turn to produce the coming President.
On the other hand, the North is averring that zoning is unconstitutional, and that every region is free to dispute the 2023 presidential election. Still, while it appears like the two regions will be given a level playing ground to contest in the election, 2 former President of the Nigerian Senate have officially come out to declare their intentions to dispute the election. The two individualities are
- Anyim Pius Anyim
Pius Anyim, a native of Ebonyi state in the South- East region, served as the President of the Nigerian Senate between 2000, and 2003. He also served as Secretary to the Federal Government from 2011 to 2015. Lately, a report by the Independent Review revealed that the former President of the Senate, has vowed to dispute the 2023 presidential election no matter where his party, the PDP, micro- zoned its ticket. This made Anyim Pius Anyim, the first former President of the Nigerian Senate, to officially declare his intentions to dispute the 2023 presidential election.
- Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki
Bukola Saraki is the immediate once President of the Nigerian Senate, and a former Governor of Kwara state. He was elected to the Senate in 2011, and surfaced as the President of the Senate in 2015, and remained in that position until May 29, 2019. Before also, he served as the Executive Governor of Kwara state between 2003, and 2011.
Recently, a report by the Vanguard Newspaper revealed that the former President of the Senate, has blazoned plans to dispute the 2023 presidential election, making him the alternate former President of the Senate to do so.