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Can Southern Nigeria in Reality Deliver a Southern President?

By yemi olodo

Angels would not drop from heaven to deliver the Presidency to Southern Nigeria and that is the reality that
awaits the proclamation of the Southern Governors who insisted during their last meeting that the next President should come from the southern part of the country.


In a nation of 200 million plus citizens, during the last election held in 2019; it was recorded that there are 84,004,084 registered voters and a quick breakdown of the voters location reveals a lot about the politics of number.

The Northwest currently has the highest number of registered voters at 20,158,100. That hands the Northwest 24% of the registered vote total.

The southwest region comes second with 16,292,212 registered voters (19.39%), while the north-central has 13,366,070 registered voters (15.91%), and the south-south has 12,841,279 registered voters (15.29%).


The northeast region and the southeast region come last with the total number of registered voters with 11,289,293 (13.44%) and10,057,130 voters (11.97%) respectively.


There are more registered male voters (44,405,439) than female voters (39,598,645). The male population of registered voters make up 52.86% of the total voter register with registered female voters making up the remaining 47.14%.

Whilst the number of registered voters might be higher in 2023; there is no guarantee that it would be up to 100 million registered voters and the actual voters percentage is still below 50%.

In fact during the last election in 2019, the registered voters/turnout was 82,344,107 whilst the total votes including invalid/blank votes was 28,614,190.


In light of the above statistics, it is very clear no sub-region in Nigeria could successfully produce the next President without
the support of a combination of region and a registered voters figure of 11,289,293 the southeast region that is calling for the
presidential slot for 2023 have a great challenge ahead.


Southern Governors might wish for a Southern President but making it a reality requires a strategic mapping in the next 500 days plus


1 Abia 1,932,892


2 Adamawa 1,973,083

3 Akwa Ibom 2,119,727


4 Anambra 2,447,996


5 Bauchi 2,462,843


6 Bayelsa 923,182


7 Benue 2,480,131


8 Borno 2,315,956


9 Cross River 1,527,289


10 Delta 2,845,274


11 Ebonyi 1,459,933


12 Edo 2,210,534


13 Ekiti 909,967


14 Enugu 1,944,016


15 FCT 1,344,856


16 Gombe 1,394,393


17 Imo 2,272,293


18 Jigawa 2,111,106


19 Kaduna 3,932,492


20 Kano 5,457,747


21 Katsina 3,230,230


22 Kebbi 1,806,231


23 Kogi 1,646,350


24 Kwara 1,406,457


25 Lagos 6,570,291


26 Nasarawa 1,617,786


27 Niger 2,390,035


28 Ogun 2,375,003


29 Ondo 1,822,346


30 Osun 1,680,498


31 Oyo 2,934,107


32 Plateau 2,480,455


33 Rivers 3,215,273


34 Sokoto 1,903,166


35 Taraba 1,777,105


36 Yobe 1,365,913


36 Yobe 1,365,913


37 Zamfara 1,717,128


Total 84,004,08

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