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As with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will be nearing its end in a couple of years, and its place, a new democratically elected president to take over.

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To this effect, the race for President Muhammadu Buhari's replacement has continued to gather steam, with various political actors, socio-political groups, and geopolitical zones, gunning for the most powerful seat in the country.

In my opinion, most of what has occupied the discourse on the forthcoming 2023 presidential elections, is the demand by the southeast region of Nigeria that it is time for an Igbo man to emerge as the next president of Nigeria.

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Bearing this in mind, we have in this article, highlighted 2 challenges the southeast region should tackle if they want to stand a chance of producing Nigeria's next President in 2023.

1. Disunity:

In my opinion, the southeast region of Nigeria has been disunited in its political voice, going into the 2023 presidential elections. While some states of the region are agitating for an Igbo presidency, others are simply indifferent about it.

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To give credence to this, it is not an unknown fact that the governor of Imo State, Governor Hope Uzodimma, has been absent in 3 consecutive meetings involving southern Governors. Suffice to say that it is in these meetings that the Governors can state their demands and reach an abiding consensus on them. Hope Uzodimma's absence is a show of indifference towards the Igbo presidency cause and may prove to have negative effects in the long run.

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More so, while other states in the region are requesting for an Igbo presidency, Hope Uzodimma stated in an interview with Channels Television after the visit of Muhammadu Buhari to his state, that the All Progressive Congress APC wasn't interested in an Igbo presidency, but a Nigerian one.

If this isn't a sign of disunity amongst the southeast leaders, then what is it?

2. Incessant Sit-at-home orders by IPOB:

Despite the arrest of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB has continued to influence economic and socio-political activities in the southeast region, with its illegal sit-at-home orders.

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Taking into consideration that the group has often threatened that there will be no election in the southeast region of Nigeria until their demands are met, the prospect of an Igbo presidency, therefore, may suffer a huge blow because it is in the same region that voters are expected to come out en masse to vote for an Igbo presidential candidate.

To give credence to this, we obtained a report from the Daily Post in which some unknown gunmen harassed members of an unidentified political party in Enugu, during a political party activity.

In the video, the gunmen stated that there will not be an election in Biafraland.

Unless the sit-at-home menace is tackled effectively, then the southeast region may be facing a challenge in their quest for an Igbo presidency, going into 2023.

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