TakeBackNaija is a citizen-based movement aimed at promoting only good and credible candidates for elective positions in Nigeria

Our Candidates

We hope to see a collective effort from everyone under this umbrella to choose what is best for our nation. We sure hope to select only candidates that are eligible to serve the citizens, those with the ability to thrive positively in good governance when given a chance

Peter Obi

Peter Gregory Obi CON (born 19 July 1961) is a Nigerian businessman and politician who served as Governor of Anambra from March to November 2006, February to May 2007, and from June 2007 to March 2014. In May 2022, he became the Labour Party candidate for President of Nigeria in the 2023 presidential election.[1][2][3][4]

Born in Onitsha in 1961, Obi graduated from the University of Nigeria in 1984. Afterwards he entered business and banking, eventually rising to hold several high-ranking executive positions at banks. By the early 2000s, Obi was the chairman of Fidelity Bank before leaving the position to enter politics. Obi ran for governor in 2003, as a member of the All Progressives Grand Alliance but his main opponent was unlawfully declared victor. After three years of legal battles, Obi was declared winner in 2006 and assumed office in March, 2006. He was then impeached that November before the impeachment was overturned and he returned to office in February 2007. 

Again, Obi was removed when a new election was held in April 2007 but the judiciary intervened again and ruled that he should be allowed to complete a full four-year term. In 2010, he won re-election to a second term.[5][6] Obi’s terms were marked by improvements in state finances, education, and healthcare.[7]

After leaving office in 2014, Obi gained new status as an advocate for good governance and national political figure after decamping to the Peoples Democratic Party in 2014.[8][9][10] In 2019, he was selected as the vice presidential nominee in the presidential election running alongside Atiku Abubakar,[11][12][13] but lost to incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari and vice president Yemi Osinbajo.[14][15][16]

 

 

In May 2022, Obi became the presidential candidate of the LP in the upcoming 2023 general elections, after defecting from the PDP. Obi’s presidential campaign has been described as populist[23] and has been noted for its support among many young Nigerians,[24] who have been nicknamed “Obi-dients”.[25][26]

FRANK NWEKE JR.

Frank Nnaemeka Nweke II (FNJ) is an ethical, exemplary and proven leader with over two decades of demonstrated success in high-level career roles spanning the public, private and civic sectors. He was born on September 18, 1965, in Lagos, Nigeria to the family of late Chief Frank Nweke, Okeifufe Napkparu Ujo Nku I, of Ishi Ozalla, Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State.Frank’s early years were spent in Lagos where he began his primary school education at St. Paul’s Catholic school. Following his family’s migration to Maiduguri, he completed his primary education at Shehu Garbai primary school, thereafter proceeding to Federal Government College, Maiduguri for his secondary school education. He went on to obtain a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Zoology from the Federal University of Technology, Yola. Thereafter, he earned a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Maiduguri.FNJ enjoys reading, traveling and collecting art. He speaks Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa, the three major Nigerian languages fluently.

He is an Edward S. Mason Fellow and an alumnus of the Aspen Institute, Colorado.

In 2007, FNJ attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he obtained a second master’s degree in Public Administration and a certificate in Strategic Management. He was elected President of the Harvard Kennedy School Alumni Association of Nigeria (2020 – 2022). Until recently, he was a Senior Visiting Fellow of the Lagos Business School and a member of the faculty, the School of Politics, Policy and Governance (SPPG), Nigeria, where he lectured on Ethics and Values.

FNJ’s career in public administration and governance began at age 33 as a consultant to the Enugu state government on economic affairs.


In 2000, he was appointed State coordinator of the Community County Council. Subsequently, from 2001 to 2003, he became Chief of Staff to the then Enugu state Governor. In these positions, he provided counsel on economic development, restructuring and privatization strategies for state-owned enterprises, and led the implementation of public-private investment projects in concert with development partners i.e. UK Department for International Development, United States Agency for International Development and World Bank.

In 2003, he was appointed Federal Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs and Special Duties under the Obasanjo administration. In 2004, his portfolio was expanded – he became the Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs, Special Duties and Youth Development. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Minister of Information and National Orientation under the same administration

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