Ahead of 2023 Governorship Elections, the battle for Imo, Akwa-Ibom & Kaduna State Governorship Mantle has commenced in earnest as top political gladiators from various parties have started warming up. Well, checkout our list of 11 prominent politicians to look out for in 2023 Governorship Election for the aforementioned states.
Incumbent Governor: Mallam Nasir El-Rufai
1). Rt. Hon. Isa Ashiru (PDP)
The 58-year-old Civil Servant who became a Politician, is one of those on our list. He has served in the Kaduna State Ministry of Finance, Board of Internal Revenue & Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.
He has also served in Kudana State House of Assembly (1999 and 2007). Rt. Hon. Isa Ashiru also served in the House of Representatives as member (Markarfi/Kudan Federal Constituency) from 2007-2015.
He left PDP for APC in 2014, and contested for the Gubernatorial Primaries but lost to El-Rufai. He later returned to PDP and contested for 2019 Governorship Election as the party flag-bearer. He was defeated by El-Rufai.
2). Rt. Hon. Aminu Shagali (APC)
The 40-year-old successful businessman joined politics in 2010. He is the the immediate past Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly. He also served as Deputy Minority Leader from June 2011 to June 2015.
3). Senator Suleiman Abdul Kwari (APC)
The 58-year-old Sabon Gari LGA Politician is a Financial Expert who was a member of the 7th House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015. In Governor Nasir El-Rufai's first term, he served as Commissioner for Finance.
In 2019, he was elected to represent Kaduna North Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
4). Senator Uba Sani (APC)
The 47-year-old politician hails from Zaria. He was a Special Adviser on Public Affairs to then President, Olusegun Obasanjo. In 2011, Sani lost in PDP Primaries for Kaduna Central Senatorial Seat.
In 2015, Governor Nasir El-Rufai appointed him as his Special Assistant on Political & Inter-Governmental Affairs. In 2019, he won the Kaduna Central Senatorial District under APC.
5). Hon. Ramalan Yero (PDP)
The 52-year-old Accountant was appointed as Commissioner for Finance by the then Governor, Namadi Sambo in 2007. He also served as Deputy Governor in 2010.
In December 2012, he assumed the Office of the State Governor following the death of Yakowa in an Helicopter crash in Bayelsa State. He lost the re-election to Nasir El-Rufai in 2015.
Incumbent Governor: Hope Uzodinma
1). Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha (PDP)
The 55-year-old politician hails from Mbutu, Aboh-Mbiase LGA of Imo State. In 1992, he was appointed Press Officer to the Senate President of Nigeria, Chief Iyorchia Ayu. Later, he was apointed Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In 1998, he became the Director of Publicity of the then newly formed party, Peoples Democratic Movement, and later, he was appointed as Special Assistant to the Presidency on Utilities. He has also served as Special Assistant on political matters to the Vice President in 2001.
In 2003, he was elected to represent Aboh-Mbiasie-Ngor Opkala Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives as a member, and he served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2015.
On the 9th of March 2019, he contested for the gubernatorial seat in Imo State and won under PDP. He was sworn-in on the 29th of May 2019, but was removed on the 14th of January 2020 following a Supreme Court judgement.
2). Hon. Uche Nwosu (APC)
The 45-year-old is the son-in-law to ex-Governor, Rochas Okorocha who is currently a Senator. Hon. Uche Nwosu became famous in politics when Rochas Okorocha appointed him as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Imo State Government in 2011. He later became the Commissioner for Lands.
After Uche Nwosu lost APC Governorship Ticket to Hope Uzodinma, he joined Action Alliance (AA) in 2019. Although, he lost to PDP's candidate, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha. Uche Nwosu later returned to his former party, APC.
3). Senator Ifeanyi Ararume (APGA)
The 62-year-old politician began politicizing in the 1990s as he was elected to the Senate to represent Imo North (Okigwe) Constituency in 1999 under PDP. He was also re-elected in 2003. He also became the Chairman of the Southern Senators' Forum.
In 2011, he joined Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) where he contested for the gubernatorial election and lost to APGA's candidate, Rochas Okorocha.
In 2014, he decamped to PDP and contested for its gubernatorial nomination in 2015, but lost to Emeka Ihedioha. He later joined APC during the 2015 governorship election.
On the 5th of September 2018, he left APC for APGA and contested the 2019 Gubernatorial Election, but lost to Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Incumbent Governor: Udom Emmanuel
1). Senator Ita Enang (APC)
The 58-year-old is the active Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Affairs. He had served in the National Assembly for 16 years representing Itu/Ibiono-Ibom Federal Constituency (1999-2003) and Akwa-Ibom North East Senatorial District (2003-2015).
2). Obong Bassey Albert (PDP)
The 48-year-old politician served as Commissioner for Finance in 2007. He also served the people of Akwa-Ibom North-East Senatorial District in the Senate and was re-elected in 2019.
3). Rt. Hon. Onofiok Luke (PDP)
The 42-year-old former SUG President of University of Uyo, is a Lawyer who served as the immediate past Speaker of the Akwa-Ibom State House of Assembly. He is the incumbent Lawmaker representing Etinan/Nsit-Ubium/Nsit-Ibom Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives.
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