GABRIEL ATUMEYI, in this report, presents an array of young professionals, who have declared interest to contest the 2019 presidential election
With 69 political parties in Nigeria’s multiparty system, it is no surprise that the 2019 general elections is bound to have an interesting twist. What’s more, analysts are already projecting that the much anticipated polls will throw up a lot of upsets.
One of such upsets could be the emergence of a young president, if the influx of young aspirants in the race is anything to go by. With the clamour for generation shift gaining traction, these young bloods, many of whom are largely newbies in the murky political space are, perhaps, also goaded by the election of 39-year old Emmanuel Macron as President of France and 31-year old Sebastian Kurz, as Chancellor of Austria.
But is more. Years of recycled political leadership with little intellectual base and the consequent stymied development of the country, has fired up the passion in these budding politicians to leave their comfort zones and join the strenuous task of seeking the highest office in the land.
Referring to themselves as the leaders of the much talked about yesterday’s today, most of them have impressive foreign educational background and exposure. What’s more, the celebrated and dominant leaders of today’s Nigeria were, in most cases, much younger than these set of young aspirants when they assumed political leadership both in the civilian and military dispensations.
Nonetheless, the task ahead of the young presidential hopefuls are unusually daunting. In a country that is yet to constitutionally recognise independent candidacy, the new comers would have to face the vagaries of the infra-party politics, ranging from zoning, delegates mobilization, amongst others.
Still, despite the plethora of political parties, so far, only the incumbent, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the former ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have the political structures, financial base and national spread to win a presidential election today, most analysts opine. While several third force movements are being nurtured to upstage the two major parties, it remains to be seen how the coalition groups compromising smaller parties, would garner the political muscle to cause the much touted upset.
Another major challenge is funding. Presidential election campaigns involve massive funds, regardless of the social media revolution. How will they get funding for their campaigns? So far, who are their sponsors? Will the potency of their manifesto be compromised by their search for funding? These and many more questions will remain a major point of concern for the presidential hopefuls.
Nonetheless, the new entrants seem unfazed. Driven by passion and patriotism, they have already started engaging critical stakeholders, hoping to spark a political renaissance among the youths.
Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu is a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. Born in 1963, Moghalu, a political economist, lawyer and former United Nations official, hails from Anambra State.
He is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He also read Political Science at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.
He is currently a professor of practice in International Business and Public Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, U.S.
While at CBN between 2009 and 2014, Moghalu served as deputy governor for financial stability as well as operations.
He recently announced his intention to run for president though he did not disclose under which party he would so do. Undoubtedly, this is his first political outing as he is not known to have ran or occupied any political position before now.
Mr. Ikubese was born in Lagos State on November 22, 1970. He hails from Delta State but practices medicine in Ondo State.
He graduated from the University of Benin in 2000 and he is currently the Chief Medical Director of Sckye Hospital and Diagnostics Limited, with a vision to render charitable medical service to residents of Ondo State.
He is also currently the state vice chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the association’s national social/publicity secretary. Ikubese hinted he wants to run for president on the platform of the National Conscience Party (NCP). He said he decided to join politics in other to salvage the country from hardship and place it on the same level with global counterparts in terms of development.
In his book titled “My Prescription for Nigeria,” he listed 23 areas that must be addressed for Nigeria to become the “nation of our dreams.”
Enyinnaya Nnaemeka Nwosu
Mr. Nwosu, a lawyer, was born on December 14, 1977 in Olokoro, Umuahia in Umuahia South LGA of Abia State. He graduated from Abia State University with an LLB Honours in 2003.
He obtained a Master’s Degree in International Information Technology Law from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 2011.
He later lectured at West George College, Glasgow Scotland before joining Royal Bank of Scotland and later SERCO GROUP in Newcastle, England. He worked with the Justice Department and Legal Aid Agency from where he was seconded to Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals. It was from the Tribunal he returned to Nigeria.
He is the Chief Responsibility Officer at Mothergold Consulting. He had worked as a regional coordinator of the Department for International Development (DFID).
According to his published profile, Mr. Fagbenro-Byron holds degrees in Economics and law and a master’s degree in Information Science. He has over 25 years of professional experiences covering law, consultancy, social and public service “with a rich and ever growing understanding of international development issues, global affairs, African affairs, Nigerian history, law culture and political economy.”
Mr. Byron also declared Kowa party as the likely platform which he will pursue his ambition, saying that, KOWA Party believes that a moral obligation is placed on all public officers to commit to a personal lifestyle marked by simplicity, modesty, integrity and humility in the service of the Great Peoples of Nigeria. He has already developed a manifesto with which he said he ”would govern Nigeria, if elected.
Fela Adetokunbo Durotoye
Durutoye is the chief executive officer of the GEMSTONE Group, a leadership development institution with a distinct mandate to raise a generation of leaders that are Empowered, Motivated and Stirred to Operate with Natural Excellence (GEMSTONE). Fela has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science with Economics, as well as a Masters degree in Business Administration (M.B.A) and a Master of Philosophy Degree (M.Phil) in Strategic Management, all from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. Fela is an Alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government of the prestigious Harvard University in the United States as well as an alumnus of The Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia. Recently, Durotoye was recognized by the Universal Peace Federation and the Youth Federation for World Peace as a United Nations Young Ambassador for Peace. He has won several national and international awards for his leadership development and nation building activities. He started his career as a Project Finance Analyst in Ventures & Trusts Limited (V&T) in 1992. In 1998, he brought his experience to Phillips Consulting Limited (PCL), where he excelled to head the Customer Service Group. In 2001, Durotoye established V.I.P Consulting Limited. In 2007, V.I.P Consulting went through a corporate transformation from a purely management consulting firm into a social enterprise called Visible Impact Limited. He is widely acclaimed as Nigeria’s most sought-after transformational speaker and his passion for Nigeria has earned him the petname “Mr. Nigeria”.
Durotoye, a motivational speaker and leadership coach, is running on the platform of Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) which he joined formally on February 22.
Ojajuni was born on December 28, 1978. He hails from Ugbo Kingdom in Ilaje area of Ondo State.
He studied law at the Lagos State University and later attended Ghana Business School. He is a businessman with interest in fish importation. He is also a consultant to Vega Foods, Singapore on Africa investment and a consultant to Delta State Investment Agency.
Ojajuni once contested unsuccessfully for the Lagos State House of Assembly on the ticket of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to represent Kosofe constituency. In 2016, he also aspired to be governor of Ondo State but was unsuccessful.
He said he is running for president on the platform of Labour Party (LP).
While declaring his intention, Mr. Ojajuni said, “In response to the clarion call of my people, I have wholeheartedly decided to offer myself, to fulfill the long time yearning and aspiration of my people, hoping to contest in a free and fair election, come March 2019.
“After due consultation and endorsement from various opinion leaders, interest groups and members of my party, and God on my side. I look forward to a fair competition from co-aspirants within and outside our party.
“If given the opportunity, I will not see it as a right but as a privilege and a call to serve while promising to put the interest of the generality of the people before mine, in all honesty, transparency and sense of duty. I promise not to betray the confidence reposed in me.
“I look forward to a very robust and issue-based debate and opportunity to tell the world what I stand for and what I can offer humanity if given the opportunity to serve.”
He is currently the national chairman of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), one of Nigeria’s newly registered parties.
Born in 1971, Fasua got his first degree in Economics from the old Ondo State University and a masters degree in Financial Markets and Derivatives from the UK. He has vast experiences in the banking sector. He is the chief executive officer of Global Analytics Consulting Limited.
Fasua wants to be president on the platform of the party he leads. The newspaper columnist and TV analyst declared his intention in November 2016 on his Facebook page.
He said in a recent media interview on why he is running: “I was inspired by the need to stop complaining about how things are, or how badly Nigeria is run and to be responsible enough to do something about this country myself. Plus I have many strong ideas about how things should be run. As an economist, that is all I think about. I have written four books on the Nigerian socio-economy, and perhaps over 2000 articles.”
Nwanti, a US-trained detective formerly attached to the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) in the US, dropped the hint, during a recent interview, and identified the approach to the ongoing anti-corruption war and insecurity as major setbacks to achieving a flourishing economy for the nation.
The presidential aspirant who hails from Imo State explained that his aspiration is essentially anchored on his conviction that he has the wherewithal and even more to prosecute his presidential ambition to a successful conclusion, adding that the present state of the nation’s economy under President Buhari in just two years clearly shows that all was not well, and change of baton has become inevitable.
He boasted that as a professional investigator he would effectively tackle the hydra-headed monster called corruption devastating Nigeria and bring about the much-needed positive change in the socio-political and economic spheres of the country.
According to him, the greatest challenge bedeviling the nation in the socio-political and economic spheres is the pervasive nature of corruption in the land because many have come to accept the malaise as a national way of life.
He asserted that many corrupt politicians currently on the polity will be compelled to desert the arena when they know someone who has their crime profile handy is in the saddle or they turn a new leaf.
He said that his determination to replicate the practice of true democracy as is the case in the USA back home in Nigeria was another major driving force behind his ambition come 2019.
Nwanti disclosed that he had contested for the same position in 2015 under the platform of Mega Progressives Peoples Party, MPPP, but later withdrew from the race for the sake of then President Goodluck Jonathan of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
He stated that the reason for his seemingly early declaration of interest for the coming presidential duel is to give the Nigerian electorate ample opportunity and time to know him and assess the man who is aspiring to lead them as practised in other democracies, pointing out that the scenario where aspiring political leaders present themselves late to the public is improper and promotes mediocrity.
The FBI/KGB trained investigator and award winner who also holds a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement. However, the international detective, who is yet to disclose the political party platform on which to run for the presidency.
Mathias Baba Tsado
Tsado is the managing director and Chief executive officer of Matstrutt Nigeria Ltd which renders Engineering Services. He is also a professional member of Institute for Service Excellence and Good Governance (ISEGG) and currently a student member of The Institute for National Transformation. He is the convener of Hope Platform Initiative a group that is committed to raising the next generation of value based leaders in building a new Nigeria.
Tsado, who is also a Social Democrat in his Political ideals, says he believes strongly that visionary leadership with requisite political will can make Nigeria become a first world nation.
In a recent interview with LEADERSHIP Newspaper he said, it has become important that young people, especially basically those who feel that they have what it takes to change the course occupation leadership in Nigeria to begin to get themselves ready for the job. So there’s this clamour everywhere. It is obvious that at the moment in the country, things are not going the proper direction they expect it to go. It is only a foolish man that does the same thing and expects different result.
The Niger State born politician also indicated he may contest on the platform of the Action Democratic Party (ADP).
Yul Edochie, Nollywood actor who ran for governor in Anambra State under the Democratic People’s Congress, chose the occasion of his 36th birthday, January 7, 2018, to give a hint that he might seek election as Nigeria’s president in 2019.
“2018 is just unfolding, we pray for more blessings so let’s just keep our fingers crossed. Who knows, I may just decide to run for president of Nigeria this time, in 2019, and I will win,” Edochie said in a video posted on Instagram.
The last of six children of veteran actor Pete Edochie, Yul attended the University of Port Harcourt where he studied Dramatic Arts. He ran against 36 other aspirants, including the incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, in the last Anambra gubernatorial election and secured only 145 votes. That notwithstanding, he is confident that he has all it takes to become president.
Born in October 15 1962; she is a Nigerian Educational Consultant and an Associate Professor of Linguistics with specialization in Applied Linguistics and Communication. Former Director, Centre for Vocational Skills, Entrepreneurial and General Studies, Rivers State University of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. She is a Linguist, educationist, poet, communication expert, advocacy and activist. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies holds a Doctor of Divinity (D.D) Degree and Professor of Divinity (Honoris Causa) Award of Northwestern Christian University, Florida, USA. She is an Academic and educational consultant at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria Current 2012-2015. She has had close rapprochement with the Goodluck/ Sambo administration and his eye to be the flag bearer of the PDP come 2019.
Omike Chikeluba Lewis
Mr Lewis is another youth who is aiming to seek the votes of Nigerians in 2019. A graduate of Houdegbe North American University and Livingstone College and livingstone college Salisbury, North Carolina. He is the Chief executive officer of Pan African Youths Media. He announced his intention to run for presidency in 2019 last year. In a statement made available to newsmen, he said he is from a poor background, but it was time for the youths of Nigeria to take charge of the country and stop voting in the same set of politicians who have been in charge for a long time.
He wrote: “People have been asking who I am and what do I have to offer. I have a lot to offer because I am from a very poor home and I have seen deep into what is going on in Nigeria. How the youths, masses, unemployed and all Nigerians have been treated. I have been hopeless in Nigeria, go crazy because of misuse of our resources. I have tried to look for a job but I couldn’t get any.
“The jobs I found required very hard labor with low income. I have seen what people are going through in Nigeria, I have seen the way foreigners use my people as slaves in their country. I have seen some things going on in my beloved country Nigeria and tears fill up my eyes.
“This bad economy is making the youths and the masses in Nigeria cry for salvation. They cry for us the Youths to come out, to help them and find out what is going on.”
“I need everyone’s support; the APC, PDP and other Party Members, to support us and let us work with love to make Nigeria Happy. I am sure she is waiting for a day we will make her proud because a mother’s pride is for her young children to take care of her and make her proud.”
MrLajada is 34 year old man of humble beginning who worked his way up; he is from Biu in Borno State. He attended Banki Primary school, Biu, where he obtained his first school leaving certificate in 1996 and Lajada High school, where he obtained the WASSCE Certificate, in 2002. He then proceeded to the University of Maiduguri, where he obtained Diploma in Public Administration. His search for more knowledge took him to the United States of America, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Business, and a Master’s Degree in Political Economics, before setting up his businesses.
Ibrahim Lajada has declared his ambition to run for the presidency of Nigeria in 2019 while promising to fulfil three key promises he made: Ibrahim Abubakar Lajada has declared him ambition to run for the presidency of Nigeria in 2019 while promising to fulfil three key promises he made. He is living in Saint Louis Missouri, United States of America with his beautiful wife and children but his love for Nigeria won’t allow him to keep himself away from leading the country.
Lajada said when he becomes the president of Nigeria in 2019 he “will remove a large number of controls and regulations, which in the past had stifled the spirit of innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship, and restructured the scope of competition in Nigeria” His vision is “to have a new Nigeria free from poverty, ignorance and disease”.
Mr sowore, the 45 year old controversial Publisher of Sahara Reporters cum activist, declared his intention to run in the country’s forthcoming presidential election in 2019, vowing to defeat the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari. Say in a recent interview that “Since 1999 – the progressive movement has been disappointed by the actions and inactions of those we have left to handle the affairs of Nigeria while we reduced ourselves to election monitors, NGO leaders, and street protesters. He also set up an online platform for willing donors to contribute to his campaign to run for president in the 2019 general elections.
Sowore, who announced his intention to run for president on Sunday, February 25, 2018, set up his GoFundMe account on Tuesday, March 13, to raise $2 million for his campaign next year.
Mr jisos is a professor with Freedom University and has declared his intention to contest the presidential race on the platform of the freedom and justice party.
Professor jisos a distinguished peace advocate for the United Nations and the President of UNC Institute of peace. He said that is decision to join the race for 2019 was informed by the fact that the country has been drifting rudderless for too long.
“I am interested in the cry of my people, when I sleep I hear the cry of my people on a daily basis and I see on social media the gory stories and pictures of murders in our nation. With the due respect that is what prompted me to come out”, he said.
It will be recalled that professor jide jisos contested the 2017 Anambra state gubernatorial election on the platform of the young Democratic Party (YDP).
Mr. Udeogeranya, 46, is a member of the APC. He was Lagos State chairman of the defunct African Renaissance Party (ARP) and Lagos League of Political Parties.
For him, APC would only retain the presidency and other top political positions ”if the party offers him its ticket in 2019.”
“If the feelers with the electorate can be relied on, then the surest way for my party to retain the presidency, gubernatorial, senate and House seats can only be assured with my emergence as the party’s presidential flag bearer for 2019 presidential election,” he said.
“My nomination as APC presidential flag bearer will redeem APC chances and retain won seats as my presidency will redeem Nigeria from a near failed state to a viable and prominent economic giant state in the world. I will encourage stakeholders in my party to embrace my candidacy as the party’s surest way to success in 2019.”
Mr. Udeogaranya sees no reason why Mr. Buhari should seek re-election.
“Mr. President has not given Nigerians a more united Nigeria than he met it. He has not given Nigerians a safer country and a better power, road and other infrastructure than he met it. Buhari has not given Nigerians better civility rights and freedom of expression than he met it.
“As a matter of fact, Mr. President has not given Nigerians a reason why anyone with sound mind should contemplate his re-election bid,” he said in a report by Nigerian Oracle, an online medium.
The aspirant said if elected he would not support restructuring, saying the problem of Nigeria “has nothing to do with restructuring the country but more to do with constitutional amendments.”
Mr. Buhari was born on April 7, 1978 to a soldier father and a housewife. He hails from Kontagora in Niger State.
He holds a degree in Geology from the Federal University of Technology and master’s degree in International Trade and Marketing from Cavendish College, London. He was also trained as a Geographical Information System and Spatial Analyst in Manchester Metropolitan University.
He is the chief executive of Skylar Incorporated, an Information Technology outfit with over 50 staff.
In a recent interview, Mr. Ahmed said he decided to run for president to ensure that Nigeria regains its status as the giant of Africa.
When asked about his political platform, he said he will be holding a press conference next month to announce our political party.
Ambrose who has been based in The Netherlands for 17 years, last year said she wants to change Nigeria by running for President in 2019. Monica, who is also a mother of three, called on Nigerians to support her in her quest to become the country’s number one citizen. She stated that she will contest under a political party named Nigerian Peoples in Diaspora Party (NPD). However, checks however reveal that there is no party with such name under the registration of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Dr Musa is the National leader of DPP party and 2019 sole presidential Candidate of the party. Dr. Alhaji Ibrahim Dan-Musa, Group Executive CEO of Dan-Musa group of companies, is in no doubt, an amalgam of both political and business values. He has been described as a multi-talented person because of his inclinations in several pre-occupations at one point or the other or even at the same time. This Kwara State born politician and a graduate of Goldsmith College, University Of London who has an antecedent in Nigerian politics dating back to the defunct third republic when at the age of 35years, he was selected by elder colleagues to be the coordinating Chairman of the Joint NRC/SDP Presidential Aspirant Forum, which had in presence people like BamangerTukur, MelfordOkilo, Lateef Jakande, Shehu Dan-Musa, Mahmd Waziri, Arthur Nzeribe, Dr. olusolaSaraki, Alhaji Inna Wada, Gen. Shehu Dan-Musa Yar’ dua, LabujiDurojaiye, OluFalae, Lai Balogun, UmaruShinkafi, Jerry Gana, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu
In a recent interview he said “Nigeria youths are getting closer to take Nigerian leadership role and they started this move with me when I contested for Presidential primary between 1989-1992 at the age of 35years on the defunct platform of NRC;NRC/SDP of IBB era before option A4 of Abiola/Tofa.
Also in an interview with he granted on 25 November, 2017, he dismissed criticism of Northern domination of Nigeria politics. “I don’t play sectionalism politics. I am from Igbara in Kwara State” he says. What I’m spending time with are patriots who are about outcomes and moving Nigeria forward. I think it’s the wrong premise.
But the issue is whether a level playing ground, he has been clamouring will come into existence then is a question for another day as Nigeria politics is yet to lathered off electoral rigging and money politics, he said.
Francis Ansalem Zirra
Young Zirra is a young journalist, social mobilize, entrepreneur, writer and the leader of NigerianizationProject and presently a Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Adamawa state born in a recent interview with leadership newspaper the Adamawa born young star said, Presently I am a member of the PDP. I formally declared on the 23 February. My supporters and I took to the chairman of our great party my declaration of interest letter which you have seen a copy, addressing the challenges and why I intend to run for this particular position. But I am also working with other Nigerians that are young political aspirants especially for the seat of the president and I believe that is what Nigerianization is all about. It is the renewal of our national political class by the youths who have long been said to be the leaders of a tomorrow that has dawned. So far my supporters and I have met a variety of people that are coming together as young people without discrimination. As for now I am contesting for the seat of the President.
On the supposed age barrier to his ambition he said, “even if the not too young to run bill is passed it wouldn’t even guarantee me to go for this particular position but this laws are made for the people. The preamble of our Constitution begins with We the people of the federal republic of Nigeria. We are to define the kind of leadership we want, it simply means social justice. It is a question of to be or not to be. Although we have our legal team seriously working on it, I must say the change of age from 45 and 40 years is not even necessary in the first place. The constitution of Nigeria implies that at 18 you have the right to vote and be voted for. So I think the age limitation is the first mistake of the constitution. The constitution is a very important document in the country but it is unfortunate that the 3rd of January the constitution failed to protect 73 people in Benue state, it also failed to protect the Chibok girls, we thank God that the dapchi girls are back with so many conspiracy theories. A clause in the constitution doesn’t allow me but the constitution also gives me the power that I belong to this country and I have the right to make it better. I am not fighting with the constitution.
Mr. BABALOLA with the motor Fight for incoming generation intends to contest on the platform of the National Rescue Movement (NRM) on a web page dedicated to his aspiration BABALOLA said, my agenda to move Nigeria to the promise land. Let’s feel the IMPACT of the Nigerian youth; we are more blessed than most European nations where our young ones run to for better life. If our resources are well managed, Nigerians would. God has given us the means to do all the items above and more, Ireland republic has no Natural resources, no good land for Agriculture. They live on insurance, some technology oriented industries and taxi. More than 65% of Irish residence lives on social welfare fund. They enjoy 24 hrs no break power supply. Same goes for most of the EU. We have the means but Greed is our problem. The money being embezzled by Local Government alone not to talk of his councilors is enough to take care of social fund for local government inhabitants. We will introduce modern technology into our power supply, check my second website and see what your toilet waste can do. I have more than 3 trainings on modern electricity generation; I have foreign links many countries willing to invest in Nigeria to improve our industrialization.
So far there is much information on this aspirant but hopeful as the season unravels more facts and information is bound to emerge.
Mr Gaskia, who is a social activist recently declared his intention to run for the office of the President come 2019 general elections, saying the nation has been brought to its knees by “decades of incompetent, selfish, greedy and light-fingered leadership.”
Gaskia is a development sector professional with over two and a half decades of experience working with National and international development agencies.
While making the declaration in his New Year message, Gaskia said the reason for his ambition was a “collective yearning for freshness, for newness, for innovation and creativity, for transformational leadership and life impacting and transforming governance.” He called on all and sundry to support his dream of becoming the next president of Nigeria.
I a recent interview he said “This is one of the fundamental reasons why I am running for office as President of Nigeria, alongside the determination and conviction, that we can only build a prosperous nation, when we deliberately promote and build a common citizenship; when we deliberately promote equity; and deliberately promote a situation where no citizen is too poor to have a home over their heads; to raise a family; to live a life of quality; and to have the opportunity to pursue the realization in full of their innate potentials.
“This is why I want to be President of our Country Nigeria; this is why I am asking for your support; and counting on you to enable us access to your platforms and networks; as well as to take ownership of this Mission to Take Back Nigeria.
We will have to wait to see his pick of political platform as the political scene continues to realign.
Adamu Garba II
Garba II is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of IPI Solutions Nigeria Limited, a cloud computing company, headquartered in Lagos. He sojourned into professional practise at 24 when he moved to Apapa, Lagos. He had various stints working in several industries ranging from IT to oil and gas for 2 years. Later he capitalized on his knowledge of Microsoft Solutions and finally created his own firm.
Garba II was born into the family of Alhaji Adamu Jauro Garba and Hajiya Hadiza Garba at Luggere ward in Jimeta, Yola-North Local Govt of Adamawa State, Nigeria. He attended public schools throughout his primary and secondary education. He was raised in a rural setting where fetching firewood and fishing with other kids in the neighborhood was a daily routine.
In February 2018, Garba declared his intention to run for President of Nigeria under the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was 35 years at the time and the youngest to declare in aspiration. He was relatively unknown until he announced his aspiration citing the need for youths to take over the realm of leadership and for the old politicians to retire as one of the reasons for him stepping up.
At a recent press conference in Lagos, he said “I strongly believe the APC is that party with the right history and structures needed for me to actualise my ambition, which is to be president and nothing less.
“As democrats willing not just to participate in politics and get appointments but ready to contest elections and win to be able to fix the many problems of this country, we must not say because the guys in APC and PDP have stolen our money, they did this then we need to go to another party.
“No, if we do that, we are not doing the right thing for the country’s history. We need to stay within and change the rot from within,” he explained.
He added though he shares the agitation of youths to be more involved in politics, his aspiration is beyond the clamor for young people to take over the leadership of the country.
“My own candidacy for the presidency is not just on the premise of becoming the President for the young people. It is not just about youthful ideas. It is more about being capable to fix Nigeria because I have a superior manifesto.
“And I believe very strongly that if APC adopts our own, it is going to transform the entire country, especially under my leadership. And that is why this aspiration is not just for the young but for everybody.
Olu James Omosule
Mr Omosule was born on September 3, 1969. He hails from Ondo State.After his secondary education in Nigeria, he proceeded to the United States where he was admitted to read mechanical engineering at the City University of New York but dropped out in his third year following the ill-health of his grandmother. Mr. Omosule is a board member of Scope-America Outreach. He said he is running for president, “because of the urgency of now; because I believe that there is such a thing as being too late and this hour is almost upon us.”
In an interview last year, he said, I want to and will create manufacturing jobs that will serve us well and at the same time create over 15 million jobs for the masses in the first few years. What we need today is jobs for our people and I know how to do just that.
We are looking into several political parties right now. Many political parties are slowly approaching us, but we are not yet committed to any political party yet. I will make such announcement sometime in the middle of next year. But what we are seriously focusing on right now is awareness. We want the name OLu James Omosule to start to ring in every Nigerian’s mouth both home and in abroad.
We are covering ground little by little. We started sometime around Jan 2017 with just 7 people and today we are over 11.9 million strong. Hopefully, by the end of the year, we should reach over 27 million in numbers. And that’s how we are going to win the next general election, slow and steady. Because with all the suffering that’s going on in Nigeria today, someone has to stand up for the masses and I am ready to serve the people.
Mr Ezeakor who is from the south east has recently been endorsed by a number of groups, he has declared his intention to contest on the platform of Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA)
In a recent statement he called on Nigerian youths to sit up and take the mantle of leadership, saying, that gone are the days where there was a believe that Nigerian youths are not capable.
He saidyouths need to understand the importance of nation building so that things will be put together to make Nigeria a better country.
“Myself I am a Nigerian, I’m not an Igbo man and I don’t have religion. I believe in the most Supreme Being and for that reason, I respect everyone’s believe. Let us embark on nation building. What is relevant now is how to make this country secured.”