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Meet Your Presidential Candidates… Election 2011

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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.

For more information on each candidate, visit their respective websites, read more about them and their platform and vote wisely. Voter Registration is currently open all over the country so if you haven’t registered you have till january 29th to do so.

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.

Here goes:

1. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

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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.

Age: 53
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/

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2. Dele Momodu

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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.

Age: 50
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

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3. Pat Utomi

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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.

Age: 54
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/

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4. Muhammadu Buhari

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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.

Age: 68
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

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5. Nuhu Ribadu

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.

Age: 50
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

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6. Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau

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Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau is the current Governor of Kano State.

Age: 55
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/

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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.


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  • sweetporaroe January 19, 2011 at 11:24 am

    WOW.. Thank Aribaba.. I didnt even know about all these other people running
    so my faves so far are
    Utomi
    Ribadu
    Goodluck
    and a BIG HELL TO THE NOO TO BUHARI AND WHAT IN LIFE IS MAKING DELE MOMODU THINK HE CAN RUN A COUNTRY I SWEAR HE NEEDS TO BE SLAPPED… LIKE A BIG FAT ONE..

    Lets just hope we get a free and fair vote cause if Buhari wins it wont be a CUTE LOOK OOOOOOOO

    • Aribaba January 20, 2011 at 3:55 am

      Thanks Sweet poraroe (funny name). I'm glad you found it informative

  • Bush Girl January 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I'm all for Nuhu Ribadu. That's my guy

    • Aribaba January 20, 2011 at 3:55 am

      Yea I think Nuhu is on my list of people I consider worthy

  • Original Mgbeke January 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Great post! Very informative. I definitely didn't know about some of the other people, and even the other parties. I can't believe Dele Momodu is still in the running, like is this a joke?

    All in all, thanks for this. I'm definitely going to visit some of the websites to see what their campaigns are all about.

    And was I the only one that chuckled at Goodluck's degrees? Haha!

    • Aribaba January 20, 2011 at 7:57 am

      Thanks. Nah you know o. GEJ get PHD so he’s as educated as we can get them. Remember he used to be a lecturer at Uniport I think.

      • Original Mgbeke January 20, 2011 at 5:30 am

        I never implied that he wasn't educated.

        • Original Mgbeke January 20, 2011 at 5:41 am

          Oops sent my reply before I was done. Aniwoos I was just chuckling at how he went from such a zoology and fishery based background to Aso Rock.

          • Aribaba January 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

            LOL. He has had “Goodluck”.

    • akamau January 21, 2011 at 9:16 am

      I have argue with a friend that says goodluck Phd is irrelevant…..I dont care if you have Phd in fruit studies personally am struggling for a decade to attain Bsc on my Name So if I see someOne with Phd Zoology that na BaBa to me Original Mgbeke…u…….love your blogs Stay blessed

  • V January 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    This was informative, i also didn’t know about some of the people running.

    • Aribaba January 20, 2011 at 3:55 am

      Glad you found it informative

  • Otondo Blogger January 20, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I'm with you, Bush Girl. I intend to vote for Ribadu as well. Granted, he might not win and I am not so sure his political acumen is proven, but he seems like a stand-up guy that won't embarrass the nation in public.

    http://blog.ted.com/2010/11/22/special-qa-with-te

    • Aribaba January 20, 2011 at 7:57 am

      Will def check this link. Thanks for it.

  • Jerry January 25, 2011 at 12:47 am

    All hail jona….

  • Jerry January 25, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Go jona…tre d best…

  • Aleeyu February 13, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Nigerians! Be wise!! Vote wisely!!! We need somebody that would take this country to a greater height. I think Buhari is the answer.

  • Awoke JSC March 15, 2011 at 6:50 am

    wen a presidnt in d U.S speaks nd reasons d world pays atention, wisdom flows, d nation analyzd in hypotesis, no god father influences his opinion, he is a scholar in degrees nd in fact, in ideology, comportment nd his speeches re nt over dependnt on papers dat is cos wat he has on d paper re his visions nd worries. DO U THINK WEN U PRAY?… Dat is cos u realy need those requests. Felow Nigerian in all fairnes, aphorism nd candour we have only 2 people who poses dis qualities NUHU RIBADU nd PAT UTOMI. I dnt doubt d fact dat Goodluck is good bt can any one tel me why BODE GEORGE ws released nd honoured? I REST MY PEN

  • KOFFI YAW March 26, 2011 at 10:18 am

    The Goodluck J. Ecowas "Summit" of resignation and derision

    After two days of work on the 39th ordinary session of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), held on 23 and 24 March 2011 in Abuja, this subregional organization has produced a lengthy statement in 37 points. He took it to 2577 words or 16,462 characters (including spaces). A statement whose length is certainly not proportional to the relevance of the resolutions. Besides the litany of praise for complacency distributed to influential members of the club of heads of State of ECOWAS for their submissive allegiance to the Trust, we will examine that in West Africa, has spread through the press his immaturity, his policy facilitated by the bandwagon and silence to engage in what she does best: begging.

    The issues addressed if not mentioned by the press range from economic performance of West Africa (6-9 points) institutional issues (paragraphs 29 to 36), through the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA ) (paragraphs 10 and 11), peace and regional security (paragraphs 12 to 26), consolidation of democracy (item 27) and the situation in Libya (item 28).
    Under the situation in Libya, an African country bombed last week by a Western coalition led by France and the United States, "the Heads of State and Government (our ECOWAS) express their concerns and welcome the Union Africa and the Security Council of the United Nations for measures taken since then to deal with this precarious situation. The Conference calls upon the African Union and the United Nations to continue their commitment to the ultimate resolution of the situation and ensure stability and lasting peace in the country. "
    If this is not the cowardice and the desire not to gouge the France, it looks strong. While the European Union of which France is a member is divided on the issue. While the Arab League protested. While the African Union has formally objected to the way it has led to the use of force to bomb an African country. While there are voices that do not understand the purpose of these bombings. It is the Heads of State and Government of Africa, to "commend the African Union and the Security Council of the United Nations for measures taken since then to deal with this precarious situation." Ecowas has the right to congratulate the Security Council that UN resolution 1973 which took advantage today the Western coalition to bomb Libya. This Libya has probably committed the great sin of possessing oil wealth and have mostly found to have financed the campaign of Sarkozy. ECOWAS also has the right to commend the AU for his hesitation and his late entry into scene that he lost his hand. But it is curious that we, West African, can congratulate on the same line and in the same terms to both the Security Council of the United Nations and the African Union. It's a real nonsense. It's greed, intellectually and politically unacceptable. There, where the division of Europe and the cries of treason, the African Union and Arab League, gave the priceless opportunity to Ecowas display an original position in favor of a peaceful resolution of the Libyan crisis, our Conference of Heads of State "calls upon the African Union and the United Nations to continue their commitment to the ultimate resolution of the situation and ensure stability and lasting peace in the country." From what commitment the AU has demonstrated it at the same level as the United Nations? To avoid having to get wet, Ecowas uses the term "situation" to talk about what is happening in Libya. And that on three occasions. What headlong politics! What a climbdown in the affirmation of our dignity!

    We have understood. Just two bits of sentence to Libya that Gaddafi is welcomed, there is still little role in the birth and achievements of the African Union. Far from us or not bias for a dictatorial regime now called by those who yesterday offering incense. But the meeting of ECOWAS ended March 24, she would not have to look at the hundreds of civilian victims of bombing Western civilians whose protection justified the vote – with forbearance from key countries – the resolution Security Council?
    Under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), "The Conference expressed its deep concern at the impasse of the EPA negotiations arising from the persistent differences between the EU and West Africa." About these differences, it will follow a series of recommendations that are more the domain of begging on commercial blind substantive concessions as "West Africa is ready to offer the EU an opening market at 70% or less over a period of 20 to 25 years. " Note that most experts note that these differences result from the non-uniformity in economic and monetary space ECOWAS to conduct negotiations consistent. Concerned about its political hegemony, Nigeria does not want to negotiate in the WAEMU area more uniform and consistent with greater economic integration and functional with Commission rules and guidelines followed. With an economy presqu'anarchique, Nigeria is an obstacle to the adoption of consensus.

  • KOFFI YAW March 26, 2011 at 10:21 am

    THE GOODLUCK J. ECOWAS "SUMMIT" OF RESIGNATION AND DERISION . PART TWO
    Still, in its economic policy of dependence, ECOWAS calls on Europe to "avoid the adoption of mechanisms that can affect regional trade relations on the basis of unilateral sanctions policies under the non-execution clause. As a child against his father, Ecowas afraid of being punished for not following recommendations father. Ecowas a prompt yet to be imposed on Côte d'Ivoire sanctions unilateral policies based on precipitation.
    Further, the press allows us to understand why the lines on Libya are so evasive as to ECOWAS, it should "make every effort to obtain additional financial resources from the European Union for the Financing for Development Program EPA (AADP). This component increases and availability of resources must be taken into account in the text of the Agreement. " Always begging and begging again. Where a deliberate policy of economic development in the fight against corruption and networks, and sovereignty would have enabled African countries to diversify their partners to make better use of their abundant natural resources. It is precisely this vision of President Laurent Gbagbo, who is opposed by France, which uses-paradoxically-African countries to achieve its objectives. On arrival, these African countries are reduced to begging. We prefer the crumbs at the best return for our resources. Worse, in its release, it's almost in supplication that ECOWAS wants to "maintain the policy space required to promote trade with other trading partners, namely: countries / blocks South-South under Clause the Most Favoured Nation in the Agreement EPA. Again and again permits and special clauses to trade freely. Honourable and distinguished chair makers in Côte d'Ivoire is the competitiveness of your organization as the West African commercially be binding and not through submission to those with whom you compete.
    Our heads of state, do they know that these divergences with the EU will remain as long as they serve us on a leash? Ask to "resolve differences in order to ensure the establishment of rules of origin simple and pro-development, taking into account the different levels of development of both parties" is an illusion. Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, ECOWAS member, alone provide 60% of world production of cocoa. Kg of beans is sold at about 1000 FCFA, to return to the Rue des Jardins, in the Cocody 2 Plateaux to 40,000 CFA francs per kg of Patchi Chocolate. 40 times more expensive. On the difference of 39,000 CFA francs per kilogram, how do you receive in respect of development aid? For 1.2 million tonnes of Ivorian cocoa, this difference or added value is 46 000 billion CFA francs. Twenty years budget Côte d'Ivoire. How then to Burkina Faso? It is simply criminal to deny this windfall to go to the frugal soup of development assistance.
    On what, you expect Western industries waive many billions? President Laurent Gbagbo has promised during his campaign, created in each department cocoa producer, a processing plant. He also initiated at the level of ECOWAS, project financing regional development of energy sector by increasing our energy potential through levies on the export revenues of our mining products that abound. That it is certainly argue that his war pairs of ECOWAS. Lord, forgive them for they know not what they do, one is tempted to say.

    This is not "inviting negotiators from both regions to pursue their consultations with a view to reaching an agreement on the differences still pending, including issues of agricultural subsidies and EU relations with Turkey in recent "we'll get out. Because it is on the profits made in the processing of our raw materials that Europe subsidizes its agriculture. Why would we play without any legal entity when we deliver our own brothers to the Western powers
    Africa and especially West Africa, through its officers, shot himself in the foot in the Ivorian case management and Libyan. Turning back to defending the values ​​and morals, she will now little argument against the arrogance of the West.

  • victor nwakaire April 1, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I pray to GOd for a free n fair election. pls who ever get there shouldnt 4get the poor mases. pple like us who can hardly pay up our school fees

  • barbie April 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

    i wish Dele Momodu the best!!!!!!!!! he is the man!!!!!! the youth need him! Nigeria has got to be GREAT!

  • BARBIE April 8, 2011 at 11:43 am

    DELE MOMODU IS THE BEST!

  • John April 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Go Jonathan!!!!! He brought Nigeria out of its turmoil, lets see him improve it even more!!!!!!

  • Cosmas onyeka April 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I m 4 Gooluck E.J, Gooluck 4 all nigeria,Goodluck is working nigeria is working.Goodluck is a graduate so he is equal 2 d task.lets give him a shance.

  • jannej April 17, 2011 at 12:39 am

    all this old thing u na no go go sleep and thing over ur old age let the young once roll over 9ja and make it a better place, well i love u goodluck Ebele Jonathan go on God is with you, KISSS

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