Nigeria elections: INEC clears 18 candidates for Presidency

The Electoral Commission of Nigeria, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released the final list of candidates contesting for the presidency in the 2023 general elections. 

In a list published, INEC noted that 18 parties had fielded presidential candidates and their running mates.

The list includes the names of the 75-year-old veteran presidential contestant and former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party, and former Lagos governor Ahmed Bola Tinubu, 70, of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

It also includes the 60-year-old former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi of the Labour Party, who is seen as a third force.

Election campaigns officially begin next week on Wednesday.

The next Nigerian president faces a daunting and onerous task of rampant insecurity, chronic unemployment, and a worsening economic outlook, among issues the candidates are expected to address.

Nigeria has a population of more than 200 million people, out of which more than 95 million voters have registered to participate in the coming election.

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