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How Southeast voted in Presidential/NASS elections
Those who wanted a change in the voting pattern of Southeast people were disappointed on February 23, when the Presidential and National Assembly elections returned the states in the zone to an almost familiar voting terrain.
Voting in elections in the Southeast is almost predictable. This is because there is a tendency for politicians in power and those who call the shots in the states to determine where the people go.
Southeast is predominantly a zone dominated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
From the inception of civil rule in 1999 when the zone massively voted the PDP, almost every other election has favoured the PDP. The first effort to weaken PDP’s stronghold in the zone came in 2006, when the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) took over in Anambra State through Mr. Peter Obi. PDP is yet to recover the state till date.
Imo followed suit in 2011. PDP lost control of the state to the APGA with the incumbent governor, Rochas Okorocha, who later defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC). Presently, the incursions have left PDP with three states in the zone, APC and APGA with a state each.
The Guardian, Sunday 10, March.
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