Who is a President of Nigeria?

The President is the Head of State, the Chief Executive of the Federation and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation.

Electoral votes needed to win an election into the office of the President

A candidate for an election to the office of President is duly elected if there be more than two candidates contesting; he/she has the highest number of votes cast at the election and has not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election each of at least two-thirds of all the States in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Qualification for nomination into the office of the President

A candidate shall be validly nominated when he/she nominates another candidate as his/her associate from the same political party as his/her running mate, to occupy the office of Vice-President.

Qualifications for election into the office of the President

A person shall be qualified for election to the office of the President if

  • He/She is a citizen of Nigeria by birth;
  • He/She has attained the age of forty years (thirty- five years when the age reduction bill becomes law);
  • He/She is a member of a political party and is sponsored by that political party (or an independent candidate when the independent candidacy bill becomes law); and
  • He/She has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its equivalent.

Tenure of office of the President

The tenure of a President is four years after which he/she shall vacate the office at the expiration of the period of four years commencing from the date when he/she took the Oath of Allegiance and the oath of office. A president may decide to contest for same office for a second tenure and nothing more.

Roles and responsibilities of the President

  • Chief of State-This role requires a president to be an inspiring example for Nigerians.
  • Chief Executive-This requires the president to be a leader of millions of government workers in the Executive Branch, decide or confirm appointments and head cabinet meetings.
  • Chief Diplomat-This role requires the president to design the foreign policy for Nigeria.
  • Commander-In-Chief-The president is in charge of the Nigerian Armed Forces: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.
  • Legislative Leader - This requires the president to assent bills to law.
  • Chief of Party- This requires the president to be a leader of all political parties and ensure credible people are appointed into office.
  • Guardian of the Economy-This requires the president to run the economy efficiently to stir it off recession.