Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election promises to be one of the most significant in the country’s history. With tensions running high and political actors already jostling for position, the election is sure to be a stormy one. However, this time around, the storm may be of a different nature. In this article, we take a closer look at the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
In the past, elections in Nigeria have been characterized by a host of irregularities, including ballot-box snatching, voter intimidation, and vote rigging. These irregularities have often led to the rejection of election results by the losing party, sparking protests and, in some cases, violence. However, things may be different this time around.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been under tremendous pressure to ensure that the election is conducted transparently and fairly. The commission has taken steps to enhance the transparency of the election process, including the deployment of electronic voting machines and the registration of eligible voters. The use of technology is expected to minimize the opportunities for ballot-box snatching, vote-buying, and other electoral malpractices that have plagued previous elections.
Another factor that could shape the 2023 election is the growing number of young people who are becoming politically active. With a population of over 200 million people, Nigeria has one of the youngest populations in the world. Many of these young people are disillusioned with the current state of affairs in the country and are looking for change. They are using social media platforms to mobilize support for their preferred candidates and to hold the government accountable.
The emergence of new political parties and the defection of some key political figures from one party to another could also shape the outcome of the 2023 presidential election. With the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), and opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP), losing some of their members to new political parties, the contest for the presidency is expected to be even more competitive.
The 2023 presidential election in Nigeria promises to be a different storm. With the INEC taking steps to enhance the transparency of the election process, the emergence of young people as a potent political force, and the defection of key political figures to new parties, the election is shaping up to be one of the most competitive and closely contested in Nigeria’s history. While there are still concerns about the possibility of electoral malpractices and violence, the steps taken by the INEC and the growing engagement of young people in the political process provide hope that the storm could be a different one. Nigerians will be hoping that the election will produce a transparent and credible outcome that will pave the way for a new era of democratic governance and progress in the country. Are You Prepared For the STORM? Share your thought