EXCLUSIVE: Ndigbo register 12m PVCs, plan massive votes in 2023 general elections — Report
Our target is 40m, says Ohanaeze chieftain
By JOHN NWOKOCHA, Managing Editor, Abuja
Ahead of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, Igbos living in the 36 states across Nigeria and the FCT have registered not less than 12 million Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) during the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise that will end officially tomorrow, Thursday, June30, facts have emerged. The is an outcome of a massive conscious sensitisation and education embarked upon nationwide by a committee to ensure that every eligible Igbo gets registered and have the PVC.
We gathered exclusively that the committee was set up to sensitize and monitor the exercise across the country and give its progress report. In its preliminary report, the figures show significant improvement against the previous records and figures that put the region in politically disadvantage positions. It was also learnt that objective is to correct the presumption that Ndigbos can be pushed aside in political schemes of the country and the concomitant marginalisation of the region.
A member of the committee who monitored the CVR exercise in Ondo State, South West of Nigeria, said while giving an update on Ondo that, “As at Friday 25th June 2023, over 12 million Ndigbo have been registered to vote in the 19 states of the North, 5.8m in the 6 states of the South-South, more than 10m in the 5 states of the South-East”.
In the report the eminent elderstatesman and a chieftain of ImeObi, an arm of the Ohanaeze, discloses that efforts are being made to up the figure hugely. He said in a footnote, “Our target is 40m and with the cooperation of INEC Ndigbo will register nothing less by God’s grace and given the sensitisation, education, consciousness and enthusiasm of Ndigbo nationwide”.
This is coming after Senator Dino Melaye mocked the region, saying Igbo votes are no more than 3million and by implication the PDP Presidential Candidate can do without Igbo votes in 2023 Presidential election.
Putting the records straight the Ohanaeze chieftain stated:
“I just came back from a monitoring tour of the situation in the South West.
Below are the records and still counting.
IGBO TOWNS UNION SOUTH WEST:
(New INEC Voter Registrations.)
UPDATE ON ONDO:
Akure south 58,780
Akure North 8,210
Ondo West 26,890
Ondo East 3,400
Akoko (1) 55,700
Idanre (1) 41,000
Idanre (2) 1,600
Idanre (3) 943
Idanre (4) 3000
Total = 371,114 (NEW) plus 298,400(2020 figure)
Updated total = 669,514 for Ondo.
Iju = 7,540
Eseodo = 14,303
Itagbolu = 12,947
Igbaraoke = 15,874
Ijare = 3,150
Total = 53,814 + 669,514
*Latest updated total for Ondo*
UPDATE FOR OYO
New registration = 319,052
2019 record = 675,000
Updated total = 994,052
New registration = 216,320
2019 record = 856,289
Updated total 1,072,609
Update for Ekiti
UPDATE FOR OSUN
New registration = 311,200
2018 record = 278,340
Updated total = 589,540
Continuing, “These are the ones the Town Unions could get for now, there are some leaders whose numbers I couldn’t reach, as to tender their records.
Currently we have about 3,609,915 (3,663,629) registered voters in southwest outside Lagos. I am sure it may hit 5 million after the exercise and including Lagos”.