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2023 election: Aspirants profiles for the presidency

Nigeria’s presidential election in 2023 is crucial in more ways than one. The presidency would shift after Buhari’s two eight-year terms, it will be a new government era for Nigerians. 

The election will also put the political might of the parties to the test, notably the two largest ones; the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) (PDP). Will the APC keep the seat or will it lose it? 

Furthermore, it will be used to see how well the requirements of the Amended Electoral Act, which was just passed into law, are implemented and followed.  

Here are the biographies of the prominent presidential candidates who have expressed interest thus far. As new aspirants arise, these profiles will be updated as needed.

BOLA TINUBU

BIOGRAPHY 

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also known as Asiwaju of Lagos and Jagaban (a title bestowed upon him by the Borgu Kingdom in Niger State), was born in Lagos State, Nigeria’s south-west. He went to Children’s Home School in Ibadan, Nigeria, and St. John’s Primary School in Aroloya, Lagos. At the age of 23, Tinubu travelled to the United States to study at the prestigious Richard J. Dailey College in Chicago, Illinois. Later in life, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting and Management).  

Tinubu is a devout Muslim who married Oluremi Tinubu, a senator who currently represents Lagos Central Senatorial District. Jide Tinubu (now deceased), Oluwaseyi Tinubu, Folashade Tinubu (Iyaloja general), and Abibat Tinubu are his four children.  

POLITICAL CAREER 

Tinubu began his political career in Nigeria in 1992, when he joined the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and was elected as a senator for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing the Lagos West Senatorial District. Tinubu was a time, elected Chairman of the National Assembly’s Senate Committee on Banking, Finance, Appropriation, and Currency. He was also a founder member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), an organization that supported the victory of the June 12, 1993 election. 

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Tinubu was a protégé of Alliance for Democracy leaders Abraham Adesanya and Ayo Adebanjo (AD). Funsho Williams and Wahab Dosunmu, his opponents, were beaten. He was elected governor of Lagos State in the 1999 gubernatorial election.  

Between 1999 to 2007, Tinubu served as the governor of Lagos State, investing in education and initiating new road development to satisfy the demands of the state’s rapidly rising population. He was re-elected as governor in 1999, and his deputy, Femi Pedro, was re-elected in 2003, making him the only governor in the southwest who did not fall prey to the PDP. 

Tinubu was also a driving force behind the formation of the Action Congress (AC). Tinubu was succeeded by his Chief of Staff, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN). He is now the All Progressives Congress’s national leader.  

BUSINESS 

Tinubu is claimed to be interested in TVC Nigeria, Lekki Concession Company, Apapa Amusement Park, Maiyegun Land Project, The Nation Newspaper, Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja Shopping Mall, Radio Continental, Alpha Beta Consulting, Royal Gardens Estate, and Tejuoso Market, among other businesses (Joint ownership). 

ATIKU ABUBAKAR

BIOGRAPHY 

Atiku Abubakar, a Nigerian politician, was born in Jada, a community that was previously administered by the British Cameroons before joining Nigeria. When his only sister died in infancy, he became the lone child of his parents, Garba Abubakar and Aisha Kande. Abubakar has been married to four spouses and has twenty-eight children. 

He began his education at the Jada Primary School in Adamawa when he was eight years old, and he graduated in 1960. Abubakar got accepted into Adamawa Provincial Secondary School the same year. He earned a grade three in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination and graduated from secondary school in 1965.  

Abubakar continued to study at the Nigeria Police College in Kaduna. He progressed to work as a tax officer in the regional Ministry of Finance; Atiku gained admission to the School of Hygiene in Kano in 1966, where he finished with a diploma. 

He served as a Student Union President at the time, and in the same year, he enrolled for a Law Diploma at the Ahmadu Bello University Institute of Administration. 

POLITICAL CAREER 

Abubakar has been a part of the administration for a long period, dating back to the 1980s. He was chosen National Vice-Chairman of the Peoples Front of Nigeria (PFN), which the military administration had refused to register.

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When Abubakar ran for and won the SDP primaries in November 1991, the PFN united with the Social Democratic Party (SDP), but the government disqualified him. In 1993, he ran for the SDP presidential nomination and finished third with 2,066 votes. He also showed interest in the United Nigeria Congress Party’s governorship election in Adamawa State. 

In 1998, Abubakar joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and won the December 1998 governorship election for Adamawa State but also received an option to be running mate with Olusegun Obasanjo to the PDP Presidential seat in 1999, and won the election. Abubakar lasted as the vice president of the federation in the first and second terms, although joined the Action Congress (AC) in 2006 toward the 2007 election, where he came to the third position. 

He returned to PDP, and in October 2010, he announced his intention to contest for the presidency which he lost in the primaries stage by having 805 votes compared to Goodluck Jonathan who garnered 2736 votes. In 2014, he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a bid to run for the president’s office but he lost at the primary stage to Muhammadu Buhari (3430 votes), Rabiu Kwankwaso (974 votes), and himself with 954 votes. 

He announced his exit from APC and claimed to return home as he joined the PDP in December 2017. He campaigned and won the primary election for 2019 under PDP, but lost to the incumbent president who won with over 3million votes against him. 

BUSINESS 

Abubakar is also into real estate, which he started long ago in 1974 when he applied and was given a loan of N31,000 which he used to build his first house in Yola; he eventually purchased lands and continued building houses he would usually rent out, and eventually, he built a portfolio of property in Yola, Nigeria. 

He ventured into Agriculture at the age of 34 which eventually failed after five years and then he ventured into trading, buying and selling truckloads of rice, flour, and sugar. 

Abubakar also ventured into the transportation sector of business; he joined Gabrielle Volpi, an Italian businessman in Nigeria to create the Nigeria Container Services (NICOTES), a logistics company that operated within the Apapa ports. He also co-founded Intels Nigeria Limited, which at a point featured in an accusation of money laundering by the U.S government. 

Abubakar generated other businesses which include an animal feed factory, Adama Beverages Limited, among others. He also plays on the education sector of the nation’s economy. Abubakar is the founder of the American University of Nigeria (AUN). He also owns a television and radio station, GOTEL Communication.

ROTIMI CHIBUIKE AMAECHI

BIOGRAPHY 

Rotimi Amaechi was born on 27th May 1965 in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State. He started schooling at St Theresa Primary school in 1970 and completed his elementary education in 1976, and enrolled on Government Secondary School Okolobiri. Amaechi graduated and obtained his West African Senior School Certificate in 1982. He is married to Judith Amaechi, and they are blessed with three children. 

He obtained his first degree, Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Port Harcourt where he studied English and Literature in 1987. Rotimi Amaechi completed the mandatory National Youth Service Corps in 1998. Amaechi was the president of the National Union of Rivers States Students (NURSS), and also the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS). He holds the honour of the commander of the Order of the Niger (CON). 

POLITICAL CAREER 

Amaechi started his political career early. He was the secretary of the National Republican Convention in Ikwerre LGA of Rivers State, the oil-rich state. 

He assumed the office of the special assistant to the deputy governor of his state, Rivers State at the age of 27; Amaechi managed the position for two years. He was seen as potential while he served the deputy governor, Peter Odili at the time, and was taken as a mentee by Odili. By 1996, Amaechi was positioned as the secretary of Rivers State arm of the Democratic Party of Nigeria (DPN) caretaker committee during the transition programme which was carried out by the head of state at the time, Sani Abacha. 

In 1999, Amaechi won a seat to become a member of Rivers State House of Assembly after he contested. He represented his constituency, and substantially he was re-elected for the same position in the next election in 2003. Amaechi was also elected the chairman of Nigeria’s Conference of Speakers of State Assemblies. 

Amaechi eventually succeeded his leader, Peter Odili as he mounted the seat of governorship in River’s State. He became the governor of the oil-rich state on October 26, 2007, after challenging the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who retracted his name after he won the elections in April the same year, in the Supreme Court. It is known that Amaechi’s administration yielded positive results during service. He invested proactively in infrastructure, urban renewal and transition to modern-day transportation services. 

Amaechi was re-elected as governor of the state in the 2011 election and ran it successfully until 2015. He also referred to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013 after joining other serving governors across the federation to form a G-faction within the PDP. He eventually became the director-general of Muhammadu Buhari’s (PMB) presidential campaign, which stood successful as the election was won in 2015. 

Amaechi was a member of the cabinet pronounced by the then-new president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was appointed the Minister of Transportation, and he was re-nominated by Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, after being re-elected as president of the federation. He was eventually asked to take a bow and go while he was being screened by the Senate. 

BUSINESS 

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ROCHAS OKOROCHA

BIOGRAPHY 

Rochas Anayo Okorocha was born in Ogboko, Ideato South, Imo State, on September 22, 1962. Between 1976 and 1981, he attended Juladaco High School in Jos, and in 1990, he was admitted to the University of Jos, where he earned a diploma in Public Administration, which he completed in 1991, and an advanced diploma in 1994. Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha is his wife, and they have six children together.  

POLITICAL CAREER 

Rochas started his political career when he became commissioner on the Federal Character Commission and also a member of the National Constitutional Conference. He also participated in the competition for primaries to become the Imo State governor through PDP but he lost to Achike Udenwa. 

He immediately moved to the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), and competed for the party’s presidential nomination in 2003 but lost as well which seemed to put a temporary stop to his presidential ambition. Rochas eventually returned to the People’s Democratic Party when Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him as Special Adviser on Inter-Party Affairs. 

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In 2005, Rochas formed a new party called Action Alliance (AA), with the desire to become the presidential candidate for the party in the 2007 elections, after which he returned to the PDP and showed interest in becoming the party’s national chairman. 

Rochas became the Imo State governor after he decamped from the PDP to All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) during the April 2011 national election. He was suspended by the party due to conduct that was termed anti-party. He was accused of threatening several top officials and also stealing 10 million dollars at the time. However, Rochas campaigned and won the election substantially. He eventually decamped to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in 2013.

Two years later, Rochas won the re-election as governor of Imo State. In 2019, Rochas was also suspended by the party for anti-party activities. 

He contested for a senatorial seat at the 9th Senate representing Imo West Orlu senatorial zone during the 2019 National Assembly elections. Rochas was eventually sworn into the Senate on 13 June 2019 by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. He also contested for the seat of presidency in 2015 and has also shown interest in the same position in the 2023 election. 

BUSINESS 

Rochas established the Rochas Foundation Inc, a non-profit organization that supplies children with care packages. Rochas also serves as the president of the Rochas Group of Companies. He is the provost of African Business School and the former Chairman of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency’s Board of Directors.

BUKOLA SARAKI

BIOGRAPHY 

On December 19, 1962, Kwara State’s OlubukolaAbubakarSaraki was born in London, United Kingdom. He is the son of Olusola Saraki, a former Nigerian senator. Bukola is married to Toyin Saraki and they have four children together. 

Bukola began his schooling at the prestigious Kings College Lagos, where he studied from 1973 to 1978 before enrolling at Cheltenham College in the United Kingdom. After three years at the institution, he transferred to the University of London’s London Hospital Medical College (LHMC). From 1982 to 1987, he studied at LHMC and graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery.  

POLITICAL CAREER 

Bukola while serving with the nation as special assistant on a budget created the fiscal responsibility bill and provided service on the Economy, Policy Coordination Committee, and he became more exposed despite his tender career. 

Bukola became a political leader, although by influence and the help of his father’s major key in his political party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He contested and was elected governor of Kwara State. He eventually contested and won re-election on April 17, 2007.

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Bukola as a governor of Kwara State yielded positive reviews during his term; while being a governor, it was said that he invited foreigners who were displaced and offered them lands in Kwara to farm and grow to produce. He introduced health programmes; he re-energised the Ganmo Power Station at Ilorin. As a governor, Bukola served as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum in 2007. 

Bukola was elected to the 7th National Assembly in 2011, where he represented the Kwara Central Senatorial District, and he served two terms as he became re-elected in 2015. Eventually, Bukola became the President of the Senate of Nigeria and also chaired the 8th Nigeria National Assembly. It is imperative to know that Bukola passed 201 bills and cleared 138 public petitions which are the highest in the history of the Nigerian Senate. Some of which are the #NotTooYoungToRun bill. He opened the National Assembly budget for public participation, concluded the constitutional amendment and passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit Bill, Whistle-blower protection, Federal Audit Service Commission, etc. However, he lost the 2019 general election to APC’s Ibrahim Oloriegbe. 

Bukola was a member of PDP from 2000 to 2014, when he defected to APC and lasted four years, and he returned to the PDP. He is currently a member of the People’s Democratic Party. 

BUSINESS 

Bukola’s Asset Declaration form indicates that he has landed and moveable properties worth billions of naira in Nigeria and pounds sterling in London, according to the document. He also has stock in both domestic and international businesses. BAS Trading and Manufacturing Limited, Carlisle Properties and Investment, Better Foods Limited, Tyberry Corporation, and Eficaz Limited are some of Bukola’s enterprises.

GODWIN EMEFIELE

BIOGRAPHY 

Godwin Ifeanyichukwu Emefiele was born in Lagos State, Nigeria, on the 4th of August 1961. He hails from the southern region state, Delta State, Nigeria. He is married to Margaret Emiefele and is blessed with two children. 

Emefiele enrolled at the Government Primary school, formerly Ansa-Uden Primary School, Igbosere, Victoria Island, and obtained his Primary School Leaving Certificate in 1973. He was admitted into Maryland Comprehensive Secondary school, Lagos, and graduated in June 1978. Godwin furthered his education and bagged a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Nigeria, Nssuka (UNN) in 1984. He continued and bagged his Master’s degree in 1986 from the same institution; UNN. 

He undertook studies at both Stanford and Harvard University in 2004, and by 2005, he attended Wharton School of Business for an executive course that focused on Negotiation, Service Excellence, Critical Thinking, Leading Change, and strategy. 

CAREER 

Emefiele started his career as a university lecturer, where he taught Mathematics of Finance and Insurance at his alma mater, UNN, and also at the University of Port Harcourt. He still lectures at various gatherings and seminars as the case may be mostly on the topics of finance and economics. 

Emefiele started his career in the banking sector when he served at the Nigerian American Merchant Bank, which is also known as First Bank of Boston. Substantially, he served as Director of ACCION Microfinance Bank Limited. In 1990, he was employed into Zenith bank where he entrenched vital values that cannot be easily erased from the bank’s history. He was awarded the executive director of Zenith bank in 1996, and deputy managing director in 2001. He was appointed as the group managing director and Chief executive officer of the bank, and its subsidiaries in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Gambia, South Africa, China, and the United Kingdom. 

In 2014, the distinguished Emefiele was launched into the public sector as the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and eventually was reappointed for a second term in 2019. He stands as the first governor who served two terms. 

Emefiele has achieved some very important feats while running his career, some of which are: 

  • The creation of Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), is to help farmers have access to loans.
  • The National Collateral Registry of Nigeria (NCR) was created to help micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) access credit.
  • The creation of The Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI) was instituted to provide funds entertainment, fashion and Information Technology industry.
  • The creation of the Youth Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (YEDP), a scheme that considers giving single-digit loans to Nigerian youths. 

Emefiele has also instituted several credit schemes: 

  • National Food Security Programme.
  • Export Development Facility.
  • The Paddy Aggregation Scheme.
  • Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.
  • The Non-Oil Export Stimulation Facility.
  • The accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme. 
BUSINESS 

Emiefele is also a businessman who is a joint owner of Vitesse Asset Management SA, an offshore firm that was launched in 2007.

YAHAYA BELLO

BIOGRAPHY 

YahayaAdoza Bello was born on 18TH June 1975 in Okene, Kogi State in the northern region of the country. He attended the Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) Nigeria Primary School, Agassa in Okenne LGA in 1984. He continued his secondary education at Agassa Community Secondary School, Anyava, Agassa-Okene, where he obtained both his junior secondary school certificate, but eventually transferred to Government secondary school, Suleja-Niger state where he obtained the senior secondary school certificates in 1994. Bello is married to three wives, Amina Oyiza Bello is a lawyer, philanthropist, and the founder of Hayat Foundation, Hafi Bello, and Rasheedat Bello. 

Bello enrolled at Kaduna state polytechnic, Zaria and obtained a degree in Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna state. Subsequently, Bello obtained a master’s degree in Business Administration in 2002, and in 2004, Bello became a chartered fellow of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN). 

POLITICAL CAREER 

Bello is also the director of the Kogi Youth Forum, which is a group that motivated the PMB campaign in Kogi State. 

He won the Kogi State gubernatorial election in 2015 after being chosen by All Progressives Congress as a replacement for late Abubakar Audu who won the election but died before declaring the result. Bello assumed office and yielded a progressive run of office as the people of Kogi claimed. 

Bello ran for the position of Kogi State governorship in the next election, in 2019, and he won by defeating Musa Wada, the nominee from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) with about 200,000 votes. As a governor, Bello was awarded the SUN governor of the year by Daily Sun. 

Bello has also shown interest in running for the seat of the presidency. 

BUSINESS 

After attaining a great height at RMAFC, Bello started a private business, one of which was trading in stocks in the financial market, where he bought a bus and substantially built a successful business involving transportation. He is the managing director of the classic FairPlus International limited.

AMINU TAMBUWAL

BIOGRAPHY 

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was born on 10th January 1965 in Tambuwal village in Sokoto State, Northern region, Nigeria. He is married to MariyaAminu Waziri and Maryam Mairo Mustapha Aminu Waziri, they are blessed with six children. 

He obtained his first school leaving certificate from Tambuwal Primary school, Tambuwal, Sokoto State in 1979, and substantially enrolled to Government Teachers’ college, Dogon-Daji, where he obtained the Teachers Grade 11 certificate in 1984. 

Aminu proceeded to Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, where he studied Law and graduated with an LLB (Hons) degree in 1991. He progressed to complete the one-year compulsory legal studies at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos in 1992 where he obtained his BL and was eventually called to bar. 

Tambuwal attended various courses outside Nigeria while he was studying for his degree in law. He got introduced to knowledge in Telecom Regulatory Master Class- Bath UK, he attended Law-making for the communications sectors -BMIT, Johannesburg, South Africa, Regulating a competitive industry, UK, International Legislative Drafting, Stanford Graduate School of Business-influence and Negotiation, and Infrastructure in Market Economy in KSG Harvard. 

POLITICAL CAREER 

Tambuwal started his career in politics when he became a personal assistant to Senator Abdullahi Wali who was the senate leader. He was closely learning the path of his legislative career from 1999 to 2000. He ran for a legislative seat in 2003, on the platform of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and won as representative of the Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal constituency.

Tambuwal became the minority leader of the House, where he rallied and mobilised his colleagues into the strongest opposition within the House of Representatives in 2004. He eventually defected to the Democratic People’s Party (DPP) which later denied him return tickets, and then he decamped to ANPP where he succeeded to get a ticket and eventually won the election. He was re-elected as the Deputy Chief whip in 2007. Tambuwal emerged as the leader of the Nigeria delegation to African, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU), and substantially severed as Vice-chairman, of the Economic committee arm of ACP-EU held in Prague, the Czech Republic in 2009. 

Tambuwal emerged as Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2011, and in 2015, he contested as governor of Sokoto state under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), he won the election and was sworn in in May 2015. He defected from APC back to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2018, and he was re-elected as governor during the 2019 Nigeria general elections under the PDP. Tambuwal showed interest in the president’s seat in 2019 via the PDP platform but lost to Atiku Abubakar in the primaries. 

BUSINESS 

It is imperative to know that Tambuwal was a member of several committees which includes the House committees on Rules and Business, Communications, Judiciary, Inter-parliamentary and water resources. He was also a member and eventually chairman of the ad hoc committee on constitution review.

KINGSLEY MOGHALU

BIOGRAPHY 

Professor Kingsley Moghalu was born in Lagos State on May 7, 1963. He acquired his secondary education from Eziama High School, Aba, Government College, Umuahia, and Federal Government College, Enugu. Then obtained a degree in law at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1987. 

Kingsley left Nigeria in 1991 for his post-graduate education at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He also obtained a master’s degree in international relations from the same institution in 1992. He enrolled and studied part-time and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy degree in international relations at the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2005. 

Substantially, he obtained the International Certificate in Risk Management at the UK Institute of Risk Management in London. Well along, he received further education in macroeconomics, financial policy, and corporate governance at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Business School, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Institute. 

Professor Moghalu is married to Maryanne Moghalu, a lawyer and social entrepreneur. They are blessed with four children. 

POLITICAL CAREER 

He contested for presidency in 2019 under Young Progressives Party (YPP) but lost to the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari who was re-elected. 

BUSINESS 

He resigned his permanent appointment in the UN in January 2009 and established Sogato Strategies in Geneva with the minimum capital of 100,000 Swiss francs required to set up a Societe Anonyme (limited liability) corporation in Switzerland.

SAM OHUABUNWA

BIOGRAPHY 

Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa is a graduate of Pharmacy at the University of Ife (now OAU) graduating in 1976. He did his Postgraduate training in Business and Organisational Management at Columbia University, N.Y., USA and the Lagos Business School, Lagos. Mazi was born on the 16th of August, 1950. He is a Christian, a knight of Saint Christopher (KSC) of the Anglican Communion and serves as the National Coordinator- Strategic Operations of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI), Nigeria. 

Ohuabunwa is married to Lady Stella Omude Ohuabunwa and blessed with Children and Grand Children. He has been honoured severally by his community, Profession and industry, but significantly he has been honoured twice by the Nation- Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), in 2001, and Officer of the order of the Federal Republic (OFR), in 2011. He is an established leader, social worker, Entrepreneur, Nation Builder and author. 

POLITICAL CAREER 

Ohuabunwa declared to contest for the position of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the 2023 Presidential election. 

BUSINESS 

He founded the Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation for Economic Empowerment (SOFEE) in 2009, where he served as the Managing Consultant of Starteam Consult, Chairman of African Centre for Business Development, Strategy & Innovation (ACBDSI), and served on the board of several other Organisations- for-profit and non-profit, public and private, particularly as the Chairman of the Abia Public-Private Partnerships & Investment Promotions Governing Council and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Gregory University, Uturu. He was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) and recently served as a member of the Presidential Committee on the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P).

YEMI OSINBAJO

BIOGRAPHY 

Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo was born on March 8, 1957 at Creek Hospital, Lagos. He is a professor of law, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and currently the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. His early years in primary school were spent at Corona School Lagos. He attended Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos between 1969-1975, where he was the winner of the State Merit Award (1971); the School Prize for English Oratory (1972); Adeoba Prize for English Oratory (1972-1975); Elias Prize for Best Performance in History (WASC, 1973); School Prize for Literature (HSC, 1975); and African Statesman Intercollegiate Best Speaker’s Prize (1974). 

After that, he studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Lagos between 1975 and 1978 when he obtained a Second-Class Upper Degree in Law. He also won the Graham-Douglas Prize for Commercial Law from the institution. 

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In 1979, he completed the mandatory one-year professional training at the Nigerian Law School whereon he was admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of Nigeria’s Supreme Court. In 1980, he attended the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he obtained a Master of Laws degree. Yemi is one of the nation’s leading experts on the Law of Evidence, National and Regional Corporate Commercial Laws and Public Law. He is married to Oludolapo Osinbajo (nee Soyode), who is a granddaughter of the late sage and statesman, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and they are blessed with three children. 

POLITICAL CAREER 

After the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been formed, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was tasked with other notable Nigerians in the party with the development of a manifesto for the new political party. This crowned the presentation of the “Roadmap to a New Nigeria”, a document published by APC as its manifesto in 2013. The highlights of the Roadmap included a free meal school plan, and a conditional cash transfer to millions of the poorest Nigerians if they enrol their children in school and immunise them. 

On 17 December 2014, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, announced Osinbajo as his running mate and vice-presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections. On the 31st of March 2015, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) confirmed the Buhari/Osinbajo ticket has won the Presidential election, thus Osinbajo became the Vice President-elect of Nigeria. They were both sworn in on the 29th of May 2015 for the first term. In February 2019, the Buhari/ Osinbajo ticket won the Presidential Elections for the second term in office starting May 29, 2019. 

BUSINESS 

Yemi founded the Orderly Society Trust (OST) involved in an Excel literacy programme that aims to provide children in public primary schools with the same level of training in English as is available to their counterparts in private schools. Yemi also co-founded Justice Research Institute (GTE), a justice sector thinks tank as well as the Convention on Business Integrity. He also addressed access to justice for the poor by establishing appropriate institutions in the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) and the Citizens Mediation Centre (CMC).

PETER OBI

BIOGRAPHY 

Peter Obi, who is fondly called “OKWUTE” meaning “ROCK”, was born on 19th July 1961 at Onitsha. He had his secondary school education at Christ the King College, Onitsha. In 1980, Peter proceeded to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he graduated with a B.A (Hons) in Philosophy in 1984. 

Afterwards, his love for academics took him outside the shore of Nigeria to Ivy League and Oxbridge schools. He also went to Harvard Business School, Boston, USA; London School of Economics where he studied Financial Management/Business Policy; Columbia Business School, New York, USA (Marketing Management); Institute for Management and Development, Switzerland; Kellogg Graduate School of Management, USA; Oxford University; Lagos Business School, Nigeria and Cambridge. Obi got married to Margaret Brownson Usen in 1992 and they are blessed with two children. 

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CAREER 
  • Former Chairman: Board of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
  • Ex-Chairman: Fidelity Bank Plc. 
  • Former Chairman: Guardian Express Mortgage Bank, Ltd.
  • Ex-Chairman: Future Views Securities, Ltd.
  • Former Chairman: Paymaster Nigeria Plc.
  • Ex-Chairman: Next International (Nigeria) Ltd.
  • Former Director: Guardian Express Bank Plc.
  • Ex-Director: Chams Nigeria Plc.
  • Former Director: Emerging Capital Ltd.
  • Ex-Director: Card Centre Plc.
  • Member, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

 

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