Two of the leading aspirants in the 2023 presidential election, Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar, will be in their 70s by 2023.
Mr Tinubu will be 71 years old in 2023 while Atiku Abubakar will be 77 at the same time. The recent comment by President Muhammadu Buhari that at his age he is struggling with the rigour of the office has brought the question of age into the front burner of the national discourse on the 2023 race.
Here’s a look at the aspirants in the 2023 presidential race and their age…
Atiku Abubakar, 75
The former VP will be riding on his market economy stance.
Perhaps to deflate from the issue of age, Mr Atiku has been very active on Twitter, commenting on issues that appeal to the youths.
Bola Tinubu, 69
At 69 years old, coupled with the recent hospitalization and the EndSARS resentment, Mr Tinubu appears to be unpopular on social media, however, his political structure remains strong.
Bukola Saraki, 59
No politician within the 2023 race has pandered to youths like the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Mr Saraki, a former governor of Kwara State remains popular among the youths, mostly for his record as Senate President where he opposed Buhari’s administration.
Yemi Osinbajo, 64
The Vice President is another name on the 2023 possible running list. While he is just five years younger than Mr Tinubu, the law professor is popular with young people on social media.
While his continued loyalty to President Buhari could have earned him some backlash, he is still popular.
Yahaya Bello 46
The governor of Kogi State is currently one of the youngest persons in the possible list of aspirants. Mr Bello’s proxies have predicated Bello’s interest on youthfulness. It is unknown if youthfulness will make up for the allegations of lack of performance as governor of Kogi State.
Can we blend youthfulness and competence?