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2023 Election: Has The Dream of An Igbo President In 2023 Come To The End of The Road?

Shortly after Nigeria’s election in 2015, many notable individuals of Igbo extraction began to demand that the 2023 Presidency should be zoned to the South-East region, to allow an Igbo person to become Nigeria’s president. It should be recalled that the Igbos are said to be the third largest ethnic group in the country. Despite this common belief, an Igbo person has never ruled Nigeria since the end of the civil war in 1970.

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With the return to democratic rule in 1999, many people were of the view that the alleged unofficial power rotation agreement between the North and Southern regions by members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the All Progressives Congress (APC), would eventually pave way for an Igbo person to emerge as Nigeria’s President someday. However, 22 years later, the Igbos are still waiting for an opportunity to rule Nigeria.

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As the Igbos are patiently waiting for an opportunity to rule the country, the agitations for an Igbo Presidency in 2023, appear to be fading on a regular basis, with the debate gradually shifting to a Southern Presidency. With this, we may begin to ask ourselves whether the dream of an Igbo Presidency in 2023 has eventually come to the end of the road. Although the Igbos are part of the Southern region, and many people could believe that zoning the 2023 Presidency to the South, would pave the way for an Igbo Presidency in 2023.

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However, I am of the view that perhaps, the dream of an Igbo Presidency in 2023, has come to the end of the road. It should be recalled that the Igbos are mostly inclined towards the PDP. But recently, a report by the Vanguard News, revealed that the party has decided to zone its Chairmanship position to the Southern region. By its implication, the party’s 2023 presidential ticket would undoubtedly go to the Northern region.

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With this in mind, one may not be wrong to say that the only hope for an Igbo Presidency in 2023, currently lies with the APC. But the challenge here is, how the Igbos would be able to wrestle the 2023 presidential ticket from the Southwest, where the APC remains the strongest force. That is, only if the APC eventually zones its presidential ticket to the South. Considering that the APC is weak in the South-East, despite having two Governors, there are chances that the party may be unwilling to gamble with the 2023 Presidency by zoning its ticket to the region.

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This would undoubtedly deny the Igbos both the PDP, and APC tickets for the 2023 Presidential election. With the two parties being the dominant parties in the country, and one of them believed to likely emerge as winner of the forthcoming 2023 presidential election, coupled with the likelihood that an Igbo person would secure the presidential ticket of any of these two parties which seems to be impossible, the dream of an Igbo President in 2023, has come to the end of the road.

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