February 24, 2023

Students, farmers, housewives top voters to decide Nigeria’s next president

Students, farmers, housewives top voters to decide Nigeria’s next president

By Biodun Busari

Students, at 26 million strong, have the highest number of registered voters by occupation ahead of the presidential and National Assembly elections slated for tomorrow, Saturday.

Also, 15 million farmers and 13 million housewives are the second and third highest registered voters respectively, according to statistics released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The electoral body further stated that business people expected to participate in the elections are 12 million. Similarly, traders are eight million.

Registered voters who belong to other occupations are seven million. Civil servants and artisans are five million each, while public servants are two million.

The figures, according to the electoral body, put the registered voters at 93 million.

Lagos lead in PVC

Meanwhile, the statistics by INEC showed recorded Lagos, Rivers, Katsina and Rivers as the highest number of Nigerians who have collected their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs.

In a state-by-state breakdown of PVCs collected, as captured in infographics by Orodata in partnership with Vanguard, Lagos has the highest figure of 6,214,970.

Lagos is followed by Kano with 5,594,193; Kaduna, 4,164,473; Katsina, 3,459,945; and, Rivers, 3,285,785.

Ekiti, which has the lowest number of registered voters, also has the lowest number of PVCs collected – 958,052.

A summation of PVCs collected on the basis of geopolitical zones showed that the North-West has 21,445,000; the South-West, 15,536,213; North-Central, 14,603,621; South-South, 13,284,920; North-East, 11,937,769; and, South-East, 10,401,484.

Recall that INEC cleared 87,209,007 voters out of the 93.5 million it registered to vote in tomorrow’s Presidential and National Assembly elections and the March 11 governorship and state Assembly polls.

The electoral umpire registered 93,469,008 persons for the election. But, yesterday, the electoral body said a total of 87,209,007 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) were collected by eligible registrants for the elections.

The 87.2 million voters were the number of people who collected their Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, as of February 5 when the deadline to collect the cards ended.

According to the data released, yesterday, the number of uncollected PVCs stood at 6,259,229. Nigeria has a registered voting population of 93,469,008.

Of the 18 presidential candidates, the pendulum, according to the experts, is swinging towards; Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) and Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).