2021 has been successfully ushered in with towering expectations and sundry dreams, and in what appears to be a busy year, the political atmosphere of the country is set to witness a number of politicians taking a central state in every discussion.
The 2023 general election is just two-step close, with different political permutation heightening on the next presidency. Meanwhile, 2021 has been said to be a year that will decide power shift among other issues.
Legit.ng highlights 10 politicians who should be watched out for.
1. Bola Tinubu
A former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu is said to be eyeing the country's highest stool when the current president's tenure is over.
Although the former governor has not made an official confirmation, he has not done much to dismiss the conversation surrounding his 2023 ambition.
With his allies and loyalists already forming movement towards the 2023 election, Tinubu is expected to take a central state again.
2. Babajide Sanwo-Olu
The governor of Lagos state was named "Best governor of 2020" by two notable organisations due to his impressive leadership and commendable control of the COVID-19 pandemic which his state serves as the country's epicentre.
In terms of infrastructure, Sanwo-Olu's seat is at the front among his peers. The governor is now expected to take central leadership with COVID-19 still around.
3. Kayode Fayemi
The Ekiti governor is said to be eyeing the biggest office in the country just like his estranged mentor Tinubu.
The current chairman of Nigeria's Governors' Forum (NGF), Fayemi has served as a minister of mines and solid minerals.
He is expected, also, to lead the conversation in the New Year.
4. Orji Kalu
A former governor of Abia state and currently the Senate chief whip, Senator Kalu is one of the leading candidates from the southeast considered to be fit for the biggest office in the country.
In fact, youths from the southeast and other parts of the country have been drumming support for the APC chieftain who is also one of the leaders of the Igbo race.
5. Governor Dave Umahi
The current governor of Ebonyi state just defected to the ruling party in what many people including Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state have attributed to the 2023 plan.
A chairman of the Southeast Governors' Forum (SGF), Umahi has always been recognised as one of the people capable of succeeding President Buhari in 2023.
6. Babagana Zulum
Despite the security challenges in his state, Zulum has demonstrated impressive leadership which has fetched him distant admirers, loyalists and friends.
Zulum is a man of his people in terms of infrastructure and others. And he is expected to replicate his leadership style in 2021.
7. Nyesome Wike
A generalissimo in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wike is a strong opposition member whose opinion has been highly respected.
As he has done before, the Rivers state governor will also take the country by storm in 2021
8. Nasir El-Rufai
The governor of Kaduna state has been said to be eyeing 2023 presidency, though he has always been distancing himself from the conversation.
A conservative and cerebral technocrat, El-Rufai is a man to watch out for in the new year.
9. Rotimi Amaechi
The minister of transport has been performing exceedingly in his department. He is also expected to pull the magic again in 2021.
10. Muhammadu Buhari
The president is still a man of the moment, no doubt. A leader of the ruling party, Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo are expected to take the central stage in the new year.
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