2023: SouthEast to miss out on Presidency as voter apathy continues, may get VP slot

The SouthEast geopolitical zone has been enmeshed in secessionist fight with the the Federal Government of Nigeria, culminating in the capture of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group.

Since his arrest in Kenya last year, the IPOB has found itself in slippery waters, with various groups emerging from the once united organisation. The separation has made activities of the group unpredictable, leading to a geopolitical crisis that has metamorphosed into utter violence and  destruction across the region.

The Eastern region of Nigeria seems to be the only part of the country where voters turnout is subpar at most according to data from INEC database of accredited registrations.

The region has been made to compulsorily observe a Monday sit at home in honour of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Although several efforts have been made to remove the mandate, the bottleneck has proven to be a tetanus filled nail that can be hammered at will to subdue the region by unknown gunmen.

With the debate for zoning of the Presidential slot of All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) still up in the air, the SouthEast is still swimming in the pool of it’s own mess.

The zones inability to have a political face and unified regional structure continue to bite them hard. Although the republican nature of the people has a lot to do with this, it is obvious the people no longer trust the system at all and has opted for indifference regardless of the never ending suffering they have been exposed to since they lost the civil war in 1970.

The people have realized that electioneering really doesn’t matter because it’s the same rotten system no matter how they package or disguise the campaigns and manifestos.

Those who run Nigeria like an enterprise seems to be afraid of an Igbo President. Every election year, cries of Biafra suddenly skyrockets and threats of violence erupts. It is no longer new, it’s the reality for Igbo people of Eastern Nigeria.

Indifference attitude of southeastern states reached its crescendo in the November 6, 2021 governorship election of Anambra State. During the pendency of the election, less than 20 per cent of registered voters cast their votes.

This is a sign of a conquered people who have been totally embarrassed, disgraced, mentally broken and subdued by the Nigerian government and the freedom fighters alike.

INEC’s 20 million new-voter target shaky, 2.4 million registered

Efforts by the Independent Electoral Commission to address voter apathy has been met with regional challenges, top of which is the issue of security and state of the nation. Of course with so many warring state and nonstate actors, Nigeria as a country is standing on shaky legs.

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