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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  • the truth

    Goodluck to all the candidates come 2015. I hope whoever is elected has patience and use the umbrella of love, compassion, unity, hatred of corruption and transformation to crush saboteurs.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Think you are being clever by half?

      “Goodluck to all…patience by their side and use the umbrella…transformation”?

      How about “may the best general among them win and sweep out the vestiges of corruption that we have endured in the name of patience and goodluck”?

      • the truth

        My response to you. We don’t want a man that tells us corrupt people who have milked us dry are given hall passes for looting us and their sins forgiven.

        If elected Nigeria’s president in 2015, former military leader,
        Muhammadu Buhari, will not immediately go after past leaders,
        politicians and officials, who stole the country dry and committed other
        offences, his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, said Monday.

        Mr. Buhari will be more focused on solving Nigeria’s many problems
        left behind by the former leaders, APC chairman, John Oyegun, said.

        “The first moments of a Buhari Presidency, the outlook is on the
        future,” said Mr. Oyegun. “The message will be clear, whatever you
        engage in before that is detrimental to the people of this country,
        please stop it, change has come.”

        Mr. Buhari’s anti-corruption record as military leader is seen as his
        strongest credential as he seeks to challenge President Goodluck
        Jonathan for the top job in 2015.

        With corruption at one of its worst levels in Nigeria, Mr. Buhari’s
        supporters project him as a tough leader who will not tolerate fraud,
        and who will be brave to bring past and present corrupt officials at all
        levels, to justice.

        But his party

        said the scale of decay Nigeria faces currently is so huge the retired
        general would be more concerned fixing them once he gets to office, than
        going after past treasury looters.

        The party’s chairman, Mr. Oyegun, however said while Mr. Buhari would
        be willing to give officials who stole in the past a chance to mend
        their ways, he will clampdown on those bent on continuing with

        “The only people I think should fear the Buhari Presidency are those
        who do not want change. Those who want to continue with business as
        usual are those who want to continue to profit from the level of
        corruption in the society,” Mr. Oyegun told reporters on Monday in
        Benin, Edo State.

        “We will have no apologies for people like that. But it is clear that
        from the Buhari perspective and that for the APC, the future of the
        people of this country is too important for us to spend valuable time
        trying to dig into the past,” he said.

        He said those who fail to change would be the ones to face the music.

        “It is time for change and anybody who decides that he does not want
        to be part of change and want business as usual that is his choice,” he

        The APC leader said it was untrue that a Buhari presidency will send
        Nigerians to jail, and accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,
        of spreading that claim.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Bruv, I read that already.

          It is different from that who condones it, live it, swim in it and drink it.

          The status quo must CHANGE.

          • the truth

            Your brother Buhari and his APC co-travelers are fooling themselves not Nigerians. If buhari have decided to calm down on corruption just because he wanted to win election “first” believing that those corrupt politicians are the ones sponsoring him now, it means he had already sold his concience to the only thing making Nigerians to back his ambition. Apart from that, what is special about an illiterate Buhari that people will be asking him to lead? Now that he wanted to be blind on corruption, I think Jona should continue.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Do me the favour of dropping this nom de guerre you are soiling.

            It is totally unbefitting of your personae!

  • Wähala

    INEC should commot for road boo!
    Dumbo violated several sections of our Electoral Act by accepting money from State Govts. and dicreet criminals yet, INEC could not sanction him or institute an investigation into how and for what one candidate needs N21bn of our stolen common wealth to prosecute his re-election fantasies. The police despite watching the charade on TV claim no one has petitioned them so, no need to investigate. Clowns. It’s akin to waiting for someone to petition them that armed robbers are raiding a bank before swinging into action. Per Ndi Iberiribe, Ndigbo, there are two Igbo Presidential candidates on this list, why wait until 2019 for Dumbo to hand over to an Igbo man which has been their silly excuse for backing a drunken failure? Why not vote for Chekwas now than put till tomorrow what can be done today? Anam River clowns… Ndi ifedia, pfools for cash!

  • Angry Nigerian

    Wait small, my people. Jonathan is the candidate of PDP, APGA and Labour Party, at the same time.
    Does it mean that the votes for those three parties will be put together and counted for Jonathan?

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  • Sf-Ojo Emmanuel Adediran

    GEJ will win come 2015. This is a done deal.

    • abc

      Say Buhari! say Baba!!

  • zubairu usman

    Every one of the aforementioned candidates is a winner.

  • kunle

    GEJ is a visionless president.He lacks good forsight.He is the worst president Nigeria had.He will be swept off

  • myhammad


  • Engineer

    Gmb all the way

  • Garba Ciroma

    I have simple questions.

    Are Goodluck Jonathan and Namadi Sambo registered members of APGA and Labour party?
    If they are not, How did INEC recognize them as candidates of those parties?
    What is going to happen to the votes cast in favour of the two parties?

    • Kala-ada

      answering you from the top of my head but i trust i am correct/
      – the thing there is that some of the parties decided to adopt GEJ as their Presidential candidate, i remember reading a particular article where one party decided that it was too young and unestablished to contest in the political election.. i guess to them it would be a political move that will help it to grow and focus its energies on grassroot mobilization rather then wasting effort in a presidential race it knows it cannot win
      – I think INEC’s job is to screen the candidates the parties present, it is up to the party to decide its qualifications as to who can be a candidate so a particular party can decide that according to their rules, a Presidential candidate need not be a registered member.. i guess
      2) In Nigeria as far as i know votes are casted in favour of individual candidates and not parties, so one can vote e.g APGA in her state and then decide to vote APC in the Presidential race