Since the election of the leaders of Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), attention has turned to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
This is not unrelated to the dust that has erupted in some states after the APC elections as seen in states such as Kano, Zamfara, Kwara and others.
But while the party is grappling with the aftermath of the by-elections, some senior politicians are already vying for leadership at the national level.
So far, the most influential people include four former governors from the North.
This has to do with speculation by some political parties and even some that the APC presidential candidate will come from the South.
Political analysts believe that the APC needs a skilled, experienced and courageous leader to mend fences within the party.
The governors include former Borno State governor Ali Modu Sheriff, former Zamfara State governor Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari, former Benue State governor George Akume and former Nasarawa State governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
Let’s take a brief look at all these politicians:
Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari
Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari, 53, is an experienced politician who has twice served as governor of Zamfara State in northwestern Nigeria.
He became the governor of the state on May 29, 2011, and completed his second term in 2019.
He previously served as the chairman of the Northern Nigeria Governors Association, before holding the post of ANPP chairman in Zamfara State.
After completing his term as governor, Abdulaziz Yari ran for senator in the 2019 general election and won, but the internal crisis of his APC party led the Supreme Court to annul the election and give the PDP victory.
However, Abdulaziz Yari continued to play behind the scenes at the party.
Ali Modu Sheriff
Ali Modu Sheriff is a prominent politician from Borno State in northeastern Nigeria. He is 66 years old in the world.
Modu Sheriff has held various political positions.
Since the Third Republic, Modu Sherrif has held the post of Senator representing Central Borno under the UNCP during Sani Abacha’s rule.
In 1999 he was re-elected to this position under the ANPP.
In 2003, Modu Sherrif was elected governor of Borno State under the ANPP, re-elected in 2007.
The prominent politician changed several parties. He started his politics under the ANPP in 2003, until 2013 but was later joined by a coalition of other parties including the CPC, ACN and the ANPP formed the APC where he also rejoined in 2014.
From that year he joined the PDP until 2018, wherein the PDP he held the position of Chairman of the Party Leadership Election Committee in 2016.
He found himself in the running for the PDP presidency in 2017 but was later dismissed by the Rivers State Court of Appeal.
Akume is a 67-year-old politician from Benue State in north-central Nigeria.
He currently holds the post of Minister of Special Services and Intergovernmental Affairs.
He held the position of Minority Leader of the Nigerian Senate from 2011 to 2015.
He was elected as the Senator representing Benue North West in 2011 until 2015 and was re-elected, but in 2019 he failed to reach his goal, where he was defeated by an APC candidate.
Earlier in 1999 when the Fourth Republic was about to begin, he ran for governor and won, spending eight years in power.
After losing the election, President Muhammadu Buhari nominated him for the post of Minister of Special Services and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Umaru Tanko Al-Makura
Al-Makura is a former political activist who has been the youth leader of the NPN since 1980 under former Plateau State.
After that, he held several political and representative positions.
He was one of the founding members of the PDP in 1998.
He was twice governor of Nasarawa State where he was elected in 2011 under the auspices of the CPC but later merged to form the APC. Where he continued to pull his strings in the party.
Political analysts predict a run-off election for the APC presidency, and the polls appear to be in full swing after the announcement by the party’s chairman of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu.
In February 2022 party’s convention will be held.
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