Nigeria 2023: Can Peter Obi, Kwankwaso spark a presidential runoff

By Eniola Akinkuotu
Posted on Friday, 26 August 2022 18:21

Rabiu Kwankwaso
Rabiu Kwankwaso (photo twitter: @KwankwasoRM)

Nigeria currently has four frontline presidential hopefuls ahead of the 2023 poll. This means the presidential election may not be won on the first ballot. How might this play out?

The upcoming 2023 elections are unusually open for Nigeria: the two main parties have been joined by two viable ‘third forces’, says a US think tank, making the possible outcomes hard to predict.

During the 1979 election that ushered in the 2nd Republic, Nigeria had three main presidential hopefuls: Obafemi Awolowo of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), Shehu Shagari of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and Nnamdi Azikiwe of the Nigerian People’s Party (NPP).