Voting is a fundamental right in democracy and one of the most powerful ways citizens can use their voices to exercise their civic responsibility. By casting a vote, we actually have a say in who gets elected and how policies are made, which will have a significant impact in our life and the lives of those around us.
The 2020 nationwide #EndSARS protest was a tipping point for young Nigerians. It underscored the need for direct engagement with the political and electoral system to reform. And it is now clear to all of us, why we need to vote as Nigeria’s presidential election nears. The days of sitting at home on elections day, uninterested in the future of the country, is now over. It is our duty to vote in an individual with credentials, character and competence. Because we all want a better Nigeria.
As a Nigerian woman, it is vital to be an active participant in the democratic process and help shape the direction of our nation. Our participation in politics and leadership positions is crucial for promoting gender equality, addressing issues that disproportionately affect women, and ensuring that policies and decisions are made with a diverse range of perspectives. We asked six Nigerian women in our community to share their thoughts and feelings about the upcoming 2023 elections, and why they have chosen their preferred candidate. Here’s what they had to say:
I’m scared, excited and anxious because our country is in a sink or swim situation with the forthcoming elections. And it will determine the fate of our lives. Majority of the people around me are voting for Peter Obi and he reason I’m picking him [Peter Obi] as my candidate is because I know he is who Nigeria needs right now, in terms of competence. His records are clean and there is nothing anyone could use against him when he was governor of Anambra State. He is sound academically and otherwise. Who wouldn’t want him as the president, so this country can move forward?
I feel so tense towards this election. As a Nigerian woman, I’m hopeful once again that we have someone who will help us bring back the country to the way it was many, many, many, many years ago. I believe that my candidate, Peter Obi has the capacity and has proven himself to be worthy for this country. We’re obviously not doing this for him but for ourselves as Nigerians.
I feel excited and empowered to participate in the upcoming election. I see it as an opportunity to have a say in the future direction of Nigeria. I have chosen to support Peter Obi because he shares my values and priorities as a Nigerian. I have done my research and considered him to be the best person for the job, considering his track records. I don’t care what party he is running under, I have chosen to vote the individual and not the party.
Honestly, I’m scared and worried because there is nothing like free and fair election in Nigeria. The Aso Rock cabal just know how to ruin things so their candidate emerges as the winner. I have chosen Peter Obi because that man has a great vision for Nigeria. And it’s my duty as a good citizen to vote him in. And I’m not even being biased because he is from the East, like I am. My eyes have just opened, especially since the EndSARS protest of October 2020. I’ve realised the country needs better and competent leaders.
As a first time voter, I’m very excited about voting in the upcoming presidential elections. In the last election, I truthfully couldn’t be bothered to vote because I felt like my vote wouldn’t count. But this year, it’s different. I actively participated in the EndSARS protests and the outcome motivated me to get my PVC (Permanent Voters Card). I’m a heavy Peter Obi supporter because he has proven to be the best man for the job. In fact, I fell out with a friend over this matter. I never thought I’d fight with a friend over elections but omo, if you’re not voting for the candidate who is the most competent, just say you hate Nigeria, your generation, family and future children.
Call me Miss Obi-dient because my number one candidate is Peter Obi. To change Nigeria, we need him. He is a breath of fresh air for the country. Honestly, it’s very inspiring and profound – the way we’ve all come together and decided we want better for our country. I’m excited to be part of this revolution. Once he wins, I’m going to be filled with so much joy! I don’t expect him to fix Nigeria in 4 years, but I believe with him as our president, Nigeria will be on the right track.