Two of the main aspirants in the 2023 presidential election, Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar will be in their 70s by 2023.
Mr Tinubu will be 71 years of age in 2023, while Atiku Abubakar will be 77 simultaneously. The recent remark by President Muhammadu Buhari that at his age, he is battling with the meticulousness of the workplace, has brought the subject of age into the front burner of the public talk on the 2023 race.
The 79-year-old President had said, “And about my age, yes, I see my colleagues, they are now resting and I assure you that I’m looking forward to the next 17 months when I too would have to be less busy.
“The age is telling on me. Working now for 6, 7, 8 hours a day in the office is no joke.”
In previous elections, rotation and religion were two dominating factors during elections. However, the experience of Nigerians with President Buhari, who has had a progression of visits to the medical clinic and long postponements in government reaction which procured him the moniker “Baba go sluggish” have made age a point of convergence.
Notwithstanding the issue of rotation, Atiku, a northerner is relied upon to secure the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, while Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State as of now has political hardware assembling for him the nation over. On the off chance that these two are given the ticket, one of them would supplant Mr Buhari who might be in his 80s when he leaves office.
Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani Kayode, a partner of governor Yahaya Bello, last Friday raised the issue of age during a meeting on Channels TV.
“Of course, you have some that are younger than one another, you have some that are more dynamic than others. You have some that are more focused than others, you have some that are stronger and more decisive—I am a friend and believer of Yahaya Bello—there are others there,” the controversial politician had said,” he said.
This view on age isn’t just shared by Mr Fani-Kayode. Osita Okechukwu, a big fan of President Buhari had in December appealed to Tinubu to back a “young Southeastern for 2023”, which will join the south and the whole country.
The 69th birthday of Mr Tinubu became dubious in 2021, as numerous Nigerian communicated question on his genuine age. Wikipedia needed to eliminate the altering choice on Tinubu’s page.
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Not simply age that has become significant, pandering to youths has become more significant. The way things are, a large portion of the applicants are over 50 years, consequently, there has been a coordinated work to interest youths, especially on social media.
The position of the current government on Twitter and cryptographic money, in which the government set various types of limitations, wants to have a youthful President or somebody who comprehends these issues.
In this review, Eaglesforesight glances at the aspirants in the 2023 presidential race
Atiku Abubakar (75)
The former VP will ride on his market economy position.
Maybe to flatten from the issue of age, Mr Atiku has been exceptionally dynamic on Twitter, remarking on issues that allure for the youths. What’s more now and again, hop on moving dialects and slangs notwithstanding being 75 years of age. In the last election, he had Peter Obi as running mate.
Mr Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, was truly famous among youths due to his pro-market position.
Bola Tinubu (69 years)
At 69 years of age, coupled with the recent hospitalization and the EndSARS hatred, Mr Tinubu has all the earmarks of being disagreeable on social media, be that as it may, his political structure stays solid.
The enrollment of Abdulmumin Jibrin, a former individual from the House of Representatives from Kano is by all accounts paying off as far as activation.
Be that as it may, recently, there seems to have been division inside the APC allies on Twitter. The gathering, famously known as BMC or E-BMC are split between those supporting Tinubu and those supporting Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President.
Bukola Saraki (59 years)
No politician inside the 2023 race has pandered to youths like the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Mr Saraki, a former governor of Kwara State stays famous among the youths, generally for his record as Senate President where he went against Buhari’s organization.
His capacity to relate with social media influencers has played well. In 2021, his gathering with Chinonso Egemba, prominently known as Dr Aproko, a famous powerhouse with over 1.2million devotees, moved for an entire day.
Yemi Osinbajo (64)
The Vice President is one more name on the 2023 potential running rundown. While he is simply 5years more youthful than Mr Tinubu, the law professor is well known with youngsters on social media.
While his proceeded with dedication to President Buhari might have procured him some kickback, he is as yet famous.
Yahaya Bello (46)
The governor of Kogi State is presently perhaps the most youthful individual in the conceivable rundown of aspirants.
Mr Bello’s proxies, as Fani Kayode, have predicated Bello’s advantage on energy. It is obscure assuming that energy will compensate for the charges of absence of execution as governor of Kogi State.
We should mix energy and ability…
Bashir Madandola, Leader of Kwara South Youth Stakeholders’ Forum, said it isn’t enough for the following president to be an adolescent, however should have the necessary history and experience.
“Nigerian youths have the requisite experience and competence to rule this country. After 8years of Buhari’s rudderless leadership, we need a young and dynamic leadership. Take for instance, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has both the youthfulness, the competency and the exposure.
“For us, this blend is important as we plan for 2023,” he stated.
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