Ed Malik, A /June 25, 2022 12.30 PM

Nigeria’s election umpire, The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday released the names of the certified presidential candidates and their running mates for the 2023 elections.

Amidst controversy of the possibility of presidential candidate wanting to substitute their running mates after INEC’s confirmation, the electoral body Chairman, Prof. Yakubu has said the issue of temporary placement of names of running mates is unknown to the Electoral Act and other extant laws of the Constitution guiding the processes of how candidates can emerge to represent a party.

So far, the frontline presidential candidates are Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Kola Abiola and Omoyele Sowore. The other candidates who will represent their parties are stated in the full list, as released by INEC.

The names of all the candidates, in no particular order, are:

The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Mr. Ibrahim Masari.

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa.

Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), and his running mate, Doyin Okupe.

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party, and his running mate, Johnson Oladipupo

Chukwudi Umeadi, presidential candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and his running mate Koli Mohammed.

Kolawole Abiola, presidential candidate of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), and his running mate, Ribi Marshal.

Osita Nnadi, presidential candidate of Action Peoples Party (APP), and his running mate, Isa Hamisu.

Omoyele Sowere, presidential candidate for African Action Congress (AAC ), and his running mate, Garba Magashi.

Yabagi Sani, presidential candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP), and his running mate, Udo Okey -Okoro.

Ado-Ibrahim Abdulmalik, presidential candidate, Young Progressives Party (YPP), and his running mate, Enyinna Kasarachi.

Mamman Dantalle, presidential candidate of Allied Peoples Movement (APM), and his running mate Ojei Princess

Oluwafemi Adenuga, presidential candidate of Boot Party (BP) and the running mate Turaku Mustapha.

Daberechukwu Nwanyanwu, presidential candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and the running mate, Ramalan Abubakar.

Dumebi Kachikwu, presidential candidate, African Democratic Congress (ADC), and his running mate, Ahmed Mani.

Hamza Almustafa, presidential candidate, Action Alliance (AA), and his running mate Chukwuka Johnson.

With the full list of the candidates now out, the race for the coveted seat of Nigeria’s No.1 may have entered the tracks to pitch voters in their stead.

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