APC presidential primary: a list of all presidential aspirants & portfolios

All Progressive Congress (APC) the ruling party in Nigeria is gearing up to retain power ahead of the 2023 general elections.


The presidential seat is a highly contested office with a total of twenty-eight aspirants having declared interest in the party’s presidential flag bearer.

Ahead of the party’s primaries scheduled on June 6-8, 2022, a screening of candidates was initiated chaired by John Odigie-Oyegun.


The party’s National chairman is Abdullahi Adamu. The party in the 2019 election secured all the top seats in the Nigerian political sphere: the President ( Muhammadu Buhari), Vice President (Yemi Osinbajo), Senate President (Ahmed Lawan), and the Speaker of the House of Representatives (Femi Gbajabiamila).


The party also secured 66 seats out of 109 seats in the Nigerian Senate, 224 seats out of 360 seats in the House of Representatives, 22 seats out of the 36 Governorship seats, and 598 seats out of the 991 seats in the State House of Assemblies.

The 28 aspirants who declared interest in the party’s presidential seat include:

Mohammed Badaru Abubakar- incumbent governor of Jigawa state

Godswill Akpabio- a former senator and governor of Akwa Ibom state, former minister of Niger Delta Affairs

Rotimi Amechi- former governor of Rivers state, former speaker of the Rivers state House of Assembly, former Minister of Transportation


Ibikunle Amosun- Former governor of Ogun state and incumbent Senator for Ogun Central

Orji Uzor Kalu (Withdrew) – Senator for Abia North and former governor of Abia state

Benedict Ayade -Governor of Cross River state, and former senator for Cross River North

Tunde Bakare – Pastor, Global Citadel Community Church (CGCC)

Dimeji Bankole- Former House of Representatives member for Abeokuta South, former speaker of the House of Representatives

Yahaya Bello- Governor of Kogi state

Robert Ajayi Boroffice- Senator for Ondo North
Kayode Fayemi -Governor of Ekiti State, former minister of solid mineral development

Nicholas Felix -Pastor

Tein Jack-Rich -Businessman

Ibrahim Bello Dauda (Withdrew) -Accountant, and businessman

Ahmad Lawan – Senator for Yobe North, current President of the Senate, former House of Representative member for Bade/Jakusko

Ikeobasi Mokelu- Former Minister of Information and Culture

Godwin Emefiele (Withdrew) -Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria

Ken Nnamani- Former senator for Enugu East, former president of the senate

Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba- Former minister of state for education,  a former House of representative member

Uju Kennedy Ohanenye -Lawyer and first female presidential aspirant of APC

Chris Nwajbueze Ngige (Withdrew) – Minister of Labour and Employment, former senator for Anambra Central, former governor of Anambra state

Rochas Okorocha- Senator for Imo west, former governor of Imo state

Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim (Withdrew)- Human Rights Activist and businessman

Ogbonnaya Onu -Former minister of science, technology and innovation, former governor of Abia state

Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo -Nigeria’s vice president; former Attorney General of Lagos state, and professor

Ahmad Sani Yerima – Senator for Zamfara west, former governor of Zamfara state

Bola Tinubu -Former governor of Lagos state, former senator of Lagos west

Dave Umahi -Governor of Ebonyi state, and former deputy governor of Ebonyi state

Moses Ayom (Withdrew)- Businessman

Adams Oshiomhole (Withdrew)- Former governor of Edo state

Timipre Sylvia (Withdrew) – Minister of state for petroleum resources, former governor of Bayelsa state.

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