More than 90 million Nigerian voters will have the opportunity to elect Nigeria’s next set of leaders in February and March 2023. What are all the types of voters we expect to see and which one are you?
The recruiting voter
This person is always actively trying to recruit more voters for their preferred candidate before the election.
The fear-fear voter
This one won’t leave their house on election day because they’re afraid of electoral violence in their area.
The veteran voter
This person has been voting since 1999 and is proud to let everyone know they never voted for Buhari the entire time.
The audio voter
This person only has a PVC to use as an identification card and won’t leave their bed on election day except for food.
The party loyalist
This person will vote for anyone their party puts on the ballot from top to bottom even if the candidates are suspected drug dealers, known thieves, bigots or even dogs named Bingo.
The glory hunter
This one will only vote for the candidate they think has the best chance of winning so they can brag at owambes that they put the person in office.
This voter doesn’t care who becomes the president and is only at the polling unit to make money from vote-buyers. They’re likely to end up in prison because it’s a crime to buy and sell votes.
The reluctant voter
This voter thinks all Nigerian politicians are the same and not worth their vote but feels responsible enough to vote for whoever they think is the least toxic of the candidates.
The procrastinating voter
This voter takes all the time in the world to decide who to vote for and isn’t 100% sure until they have the ballot paper in their hand.
The first-time voter
This one either just reached the voting age of 18 or is a 40-year-old cargo who’s only just accepted the civic responsibility to vote in an election for the first time. Everyone will hear about their first experience and about how they made the best choice.
The waiting-to-japa voter
This voter is giving Nigeria one last chance to elect the leader they think is the right one and is ready to leave the country if they don’t have their way. You can trust them to tweet, “Election has consequences,” from abroad every time the national grid collapses in Nigeria.
The investigative voter
This one wants to know who everyone in their neighbourhood voted for just to start arguments.
The coconut head voter
This voter won’t run home after voting. They’ll stick around to see the votes are counted properly, to avoid stories that touch.
The failed-by-INEC voter
This voter registered but didn’t get their PVC from INEC before the election. They now have to watch from the sidelines as others decide their future for them.