It is no longer news that the southeast region of Nigeria, which is predominantly made up of the Igbo ethnic nationality, has been on the push for the next President of Nigeria to emerge from the southeast region.
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For the individuals and groups such as Ohanaeze Ndigbo, propagating this demand, the Igbo ethnic nationality has not yet been given a chance to govern Nigeria since the beginning of its current democratic dispensation in 1999. According to them, it is a matter of fairness and equity that the seat of power moves to the southeast at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari's tenure.
However, bearing in mind the complex nature of Nigeria's political sphere, and the existence of other ethnic nationalities who are also desirous of the seat of the Presidency, it will take more than a demand on grounds of fairness and equity, for the southeast region to produce Nigeria's next President.
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Bearing this in mind, we have in this article, highlighted 3 things the Igbos should consider doing if they must stand a chance in 2023.
1. Igbos should form a united front with a consensus presidential candidate:
If the southeast region of Nigeria must stand a chance in the 2023 elections, then they should begin as soon as possible, to rally for a consensus presidential candidate. This strategy will help to make them focus on making plans on how to deliver their candidate. It will also mean that the southeast region will concentrate their votes on a chosen candidate rather than split it with different aspirants thereby depleting their numeric strength.
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2. The Igbos should consider lobbying their southwest counterparts to support ahead of 2023:
As much as the Southern Governors Forum has unanimously agreed that power will return to the southern region of Nigeria in 2023, however, the argument as to which sub-region in the South, should produce Nigeria's next President remains unresolved.
Also, we have bigwig politicians such as Ahmed Bola Tinubu from the Southwest whose presidential ambition is not hidden.
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Therefore, if the southeast region must stand a chance in 2023, they should consider lobbying the southwest region's support. In this way, the southwest region will concentrate their votes on an Igbo candidate rather than split it up with a southwesterner, a situation that may ultimately give the North an advantage.
3. The Igbos should consider choosing a Northern/Muslim as a running mate for their candidate:
It is no longer news that some notable individuals and groups in the Northern region of Nigeria such as the Northern Elders Forum and Northern Governors Forum, have both shown their displeasure and unacceptance over the demands that power returns to the southern region of Nigeria. According to them, they have the needed population to produce Nigeria's next President and cannot be cowed into considering the demands.
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Hence, one way that the Igbos can get the support of the North, is by choosing a running mate from within them.
I believe that a northern running mate to an Igbo Presidential candidate will mean that some northern votes will come to the South, a situation that may put the Igbos ahead in their search for Presidency come 2023.
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