INEC releases names of candidates for 2015 presidential election

INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega ... Photo Credit:234NEXT

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has released the names of the presidential candidates and their running mates who will contest the 2015 elections.

Although there are 26 registered political parties in Nigeria, only 11 have submitted names of candidates to run for the presidency.

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, submitted the names of President Goodluck Jonathan and his vice, Namadi Sambo, while the main opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, submitted the names of Muhammadu Buhari and Yemi Osinbajo as presidential and vice presidential candidates.

Others are Oluremi Sonaiya and Saidu Bobboi for Kowa Party, Ambrose Albert and Haruna Shaba for Hope Democratic Party, Ganiyu Galadima and Balarabe Ahmed of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Rafiu Salau and Clinton Cliff Akuchie for Alliance for Democracy, AD and Godson Okoye and Haruna Adamu, for United Democratic Party, UDP.

Others are Nani Ibrahim Ahmad and Obianuju Murphy-Uzohue of African Democratic Congress, Martin Onovo and Ibrahim Mohammed of National Conscience Party, NCP, Tunde Anifowoshe-Kelani and Paul Ishaka Ofomile of Action Alliance and Chekwas Okorie and Bello Umar of United Progressive Party.

The Labour Party, LP, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, have already adopted the PDP candidate, Goodluck Jonathan as their candidate as well.

Of all the 11 candidates, only Messrs. Jonathan and Buhari were candidates in the last election in 2011.

Nigeria 2015 Presidential Candidates

PartyAcronymPresidential CandidateRunning Mate
Hope Democratic PartyHDPAmbrose AlbertHaruna Shaba
United Progressive PartyUPPChekwas OkorieBello Umar
Allied Congress Party of NigeriaACPNGaniyu Galadima Balarabe Ahmed
United Democratic PartyUDPGodson OkoyeHaruna Adamu
All Progressives Grand AllianceAPGAGoodluck JonathanNamadi Sambo
Labour PartyLPGoodluck JonathanNamadi Sambo
Peoples Democratic PartyPDPGoodluck JonathanNamadi Sambo
National Conscience PartyNCPMartin Onovo Ibrahim Mohammed
All Progressives CongressAPCMuhammadu Buhari Yemi Osinbajo
African Democratic CongressADCNani Ibrahim Ahmad Obianuju Murphy-Uzohue
Kowa PartyKPOluremi Sonaiya Saidu Bobboi
Alliance for DemocracyADRafiu Salau Clinton Cliff Akuchie
Action AllianceAATunde Anifowoshe-KelaniPaul Ishaka Ofomile

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