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Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu (born 29 March 1952) is a Nigerian politician who was elected senator for the Lagos West Constituency in Lagos State, Nigeria in 1993 tops our list for 2019.
He is a man of immense political peruasion with a towering political stature who has amassed and has access to huge wealth.
Abba Kyari is the Chief of Staff to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and was appointed to the position on 27 August 2015.
He is dubbed by many in the power loop in Abuja as His Excellency, the Chief of Staff. The president mandated all the ministers to report to him. He is also chairman of the board of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which is the goose that lays the golden egg in Nigeria.
Jim James Ovia (born November 4, 1951) is a Nigerian businessman. He founded Zenith Bank in 1990.
He is a very quiet and smooth operator; very self-effacing, but very powerful. He has been ranked variously as one of the wealthiest men in Nigeria.
The Sultan is the head of the Muslim Community in Nigeria, and given the primacy of Islam in the Socio-political dynamics of Nigeria, it makes him, in effect, the defacto leader of Nigeria. The Sultan is a very influential and powerful monarch.
Eunuch Adeboye is the leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Eunuch A. Adeboye whose influence and power has transcended the Redeemed Christian Church of which he is the general overseer. He is widely seen both locally and internationally as the leader of the Christian community in Nigeria.
Aliko Dangote is the president of the Dangote Group of Companies. From building a massice conglomorate, Dangote has emerged as an industrial giant, locally and internationally. He has become one of the wealthiest men in the world with that wealth due to rise on the completion of the largest oil refinery in Africa.
Godwin Emefiele is the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) who is the custodian of monetary policy. Godwin Emefiele has emerged as a very strong player within the power dynamics because of the adroit manner he has managed monetary policy and the affairs of the CBN.
Former President Babangida has managed to remain relevant close to 25 years after leaving office. Recently, when his daughter wedded, the Minna airspace was jammed by dignitaries who flocked the ancient city to be part of the celebration. His support base cuts across different parts of the country and is a man of great influence. Anyone who is aspiring to any national position in Nigeria sees him as a worthwhile ally to have.
Nyesom Wike is a top ranked governor in Nigeria and serves as Rivers State governor. Wike has, within a short period of time, emerged as one of the most powerful Nigerians. He has used the platform of Rivers governor to build a powerful political base which has made him one of the most infulential Nigerians. He is today, ranked as the dominant personality in the PDP. His views carry a lot of weight within the PDP, the governors forum and the nation at large.
Emir Muhammed Sanusi is one of the most influential traditional rulers in Nigeria. But his influence and power transcends beyond his role as Emir. He is seen as one of the conscience of the new Nigeria. He is a progressive intellectual who is very frank and outspoken; a man who is deeply patriotic and has great dreams for Nigeria. His successes as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria has made him a cult figure among the Nigerian corporate elite and the intellectual elite see him as a comrade-in-arms; a man who shares the vision of a better Nigeria.