List of Presidential Aspirants Who Said God Called Them to Contest in 2023

List of Presidential Aspirants Who Said God Called Them to Contest in 2023

  • The race is getting tougher by the day with more politicians showing serious interest in the nation's most exalted seat of power
  • Ahead of the polls, there are aspirants who declared publicly that they got the call to join the race from 'above'
  • The list of the applicants includes serving governors and ministers, who are members of the two major political parties in Nigeria

The race to Aso Rock come 2023 is getting tougher by the day as more aspirants have continued to woo Nigerians with their mandate, into voting them into power.

Interestingly, some are not just speaking from their experience rather they are backing their aspiration with the people's expectations.

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The Buhari-Osinbajo-led administration would take a new shape in 2023 as a new government would take over the helms of affairs. Photo credit: Muhammadu Buhari
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Nigerians are however in for a long ride as the contest for the nation's most exalted position is getting heated by the day.

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With just a few months to the 2023 elections, some politicians have entered the 'spiritual realm' and come out with 'revelations' about how God purportedly spoke to them to contest in the presidential election, The Cable reports.

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Here are the politicians who said God asked them to contest for the presidency in 2023.

David Umahi

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The executive governor of Ebonyi state, David Nweze Umahi. Photo credit: David Nweze Umahi
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In January, Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, announced his intention to contest for the presidency in the 2023 general election after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Umahi’s announcement came about 24 hours after Bola Tinubu, chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said he had informed Buhari of his intention to run for president in 2023.

Speaking on his presidential declaration, the Ebonyi governor said he declared his intention after God had spoken to him about it.

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”Life is very dynamic and God speaks to me. So, it is progressive and I think that I spoke when God asked me to speak. This is what I believe."

Chris Ngige

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Senator Ngige says he budgeted just N50 million to purchase the APC presidential form. Photo credit: Ngige Nwachukwu
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On April 16, Ngige, minister of labour and employment, told his supporters that God had spoken to him to declare his intention to run for president in 2023.

He had said:

“I want to assure you that the period of lent, we ended it last night. And during this period, we communed with God; we did our fasting; we talked to God and the angels and God spoke back to us. God has spoken to me."

Three days later, the labour minister formally declared his intention to contest for the presidency in the 2023 general election.

Senator Chris Ngige believes he has the capacity to turn the country’s fortunes for good, insisting that if he wins the presidential race in 2023, two years would be enough to do that.

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Dele Momodu

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Dele Momodu says he remains the most qualified amongst them ahead of 2023. Photo credit: Dele Momodu
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In January, Momodu, journalist and publisher of Ovation Magazine, joined the 2023 presidential race.

Speaking about his intention, the publisher said he has been preserved by God to become Nigeria’s president while promising to fix the country.

Momodu had said:

“You must get, one, a candidate with a very clean record, no controversy. You must get a candidate who is youth-friendly. You must get a candidate who is cosmopolitan."

Olasupo Akinola

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The Ibadan cleric has vowed to succeed President Muhamadu Buhari. Photo credit: BBC News Pidgin
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Akinsola, a 40-year-old Ibadan-based Islamic cleric, said God directed him to contest for the presidency in 2023.

The Islamic cleric said God sent him to proffer solutions to the country’s problems, adding that the country is in a critical situation.

He promised to make Nigeria better for the poor citizens while calling on past leaders to support his ambition.

'God me thrice - And said Atiku is our next president' - Dino Melaye

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Dino Melaye disclosed God told him Atiku is Nigeria's next president. Photo credit: Dino Melaye, Atiku Abubakar Hausa
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Although Dino Melaye, a former senator representing Kogi west, is not in the presidential race, Melaye said God called him via the telephone thrice and told him that Atiku Abubakar, former vice-president, would be Nigeria’s next president.

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Melaye had said:

“By the grace of God, as I hand over the microphone to chief Raymond Dokpesi to present these completed forms to the national organising secretary, I want to state unequivocally that many of us when we call on God, God doesn’t give us missed calls.”
“When we call Him, He picks up our call. And He called me and he said Dino, I said yes my Lord. He called the second time again, I said yes my Lord. He called the third time, and he said: Atiku would be the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

In a recent development, the presidential form of the ruling All progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party, has become the topic of debates among politicians and analysts as well as Nigerians in the polity.

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As the 2023 presidential election approaches, a lot of politicians from various political parties are publicly indicating their interest to take over President Muhammadu Buhari's seat at Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.

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It is believed that some other persons are still weighing their chances and while at it, they are presently making consultations with stakeholders and supporters.

At the moment, there are not less than 41 presidential aspirants from political platforms like APC PDP, ADC, PRP, SDP, APGA, AP, and AAC.

2023: Governance suffers as public office holders prepare for party primaries

Meanwhile, major organs of governments across the country operate at the lowest ebb as politicians engage in an intense fight for tickets of their parties for the 2023 general election in the country.

A survey by the newspaper showed that top functionaries of government and lawmakers have riveted their attention to securing tickets for elective offices as parties step up preparations for primaries to pick candidates.


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