Now that most of the primaries have been completed, and the presidential flag bearers for the parties have been selected, I think it’s a good time to present the presidential candidates for the 2011 Nigerian Presidential Elections in April. To the best of my knowledge these are the only presidential candidates that have publicly declared their intentions, and still remain as flag bearers for their parties.
The information below was gotten from their websites and Wikipedia for clarification. I have no bias, neither am I encouraging anyone to vote for one person in particular. This is just to raise awareness, so to speak. I encourage everyone to read up about each presidential candidate via their websites, and other resources available to us online. We are at an era where information is a google click away from us as opposed to when we relied on newspapers, propaganda, and rumors to get knowledgeable.
I wont go into too much grammar, so here goes. A brief introduction and mini bio if you will of all the presidential candidates for the 2011 elections.
1. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger, GCFR, Grand Commander of The Order of The Federal Republic and President, Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
State of Origin: Bayelsa / Ijaw Tribe
Education: University of Port-Harcourt, Bsc Zoology 1981, Msc Hydrobiology and Fisheries Biology 1985, PhD Zoology 1995
Politcal Party: PDP (People’s Democratic Party)
Currently the President, Commander-In-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Goodluck is married to Patience Goodluck Jonathan is blessed with 2 children.
For more information on Goodluck Jonathan and his campaign visit, http://www.goodluckjonathanfor2011.com/
2. Dele Momodu
Best known as the CEO of City magazine, Ovation International.
Dele Momodu has been a scholar, teacher, administrator, writer, polemicist, reporter, columnist, photographer, publisher, political activist, detainee, refugee, actor, restaurateur, speaker, and a world traveller.
State of Origin/Tribe: Yoruba
Education: University of Ife (Now OAU), Bsc Yoruba 1982, Msc English Literature 1988
Politcal Party: National Conscience Party (NCP)
Currently the owner of Ovation International Magazine.
Dele Momodu is married to Mobolaji Abiodun Momodu and they have 4 children.
For more information on Dele Momodu’s campaign, please visit delemomodu2011.com
3. Pat Utomi
Best known as a political economist and entrepreneur, and as co-founder of Lagos Business School (Now Pan African University).
Pat Utomi, a professor of political economy and management expert is a Nigerian entrepreneur whose ultimate goal is to positively affect humanity.
State of Origin/Tribe: Delta State
Education: University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Bsc. Mass Comunication. MA, MPA, and Ph.D in political economy.
Political Party: Social Democratic Mega Party
For more information on Pat Utomi and his presidential campaign, please visit http://utomifornigeria.com/
4. Muhammadu Buhari
Best known as former military president from 1983 – 1985. Buhari was the spearhead behind the War Against Indisciple (WAI) movement, and also installed the environmental sanitation day which is still being implemented today.
State of Origin/Tribe: Fulani from Katsina State
Education: Officer’s Cadet School in Aldershot (United Kingdom), October 1963; Platoon Commanders’ Course at the Nigerian Military College, Kaduna, 1964; Mechanical Transport Officer’s Course at the Army Mechanical Transport School in Borden (United Kingdom) 1965; Defense Services’ Staff College, Wellington (India), 1973; United States Army War College, June 1979 to June 1980.
Political Party: Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)
For more information on Buhari and his presidential campaign, please visit http://www.facebook.com/pages/Muhammadu-Buhari/51744382733?v=info
5. Nuhu Ribadu
Best known as the former head of the anti-corruption agency, EFCC from 2003-2007.
Nuhu Ribadu was born November 21, 1960. He graduated from the Nigerian Law School and was called to the bar in 1984, before joining the Nigeria Police, where he rose to become head of the Legal and Prosecution department, Police Headquarters, Abuja. His 18-year service in the Nigeria Police culminated in his appointment as pioneer Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in April, 2003.
State of Origin/Tribe: Adamawa State
Education: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, BL 1983; Nigerian Law School, 1984; Msc Law; Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by Babcock University, Ogun State; Senior Fellow at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University;
Political Party: Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)
For more information on Nuhu Ribadu, please visit, http://ribadu2011.com
6. Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau
Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau is the current Governor of Kano State.
State of Origin/Tribe: Kano State
Education: 1976 Certificate Course On Guidance and Counseling, Bayero University Kano; 1977 University Education (MATHEMATICS EDUCATION) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Political Party: All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP)
For more information on Ibrahim Shekarau, please visit http://ibrahimshekarau.com/
I hope this helps those who need a bit of info on each of the candidates. As earlier stated, it’s important you do a bit of research before you vote or support (as the case maybe). There’s really no need complaining if you don’t intend to vote. Let’s leave the negative attitude till after elections. It doesn’t help any to be negative, but it just might pay off to have a positive attitude. Peace. #RSVP.