Written by Femi Akinola, Lagos
Going by the final result of the presidential and National Assembly elections in Lagos, the governorship race in Lagos State on Saturday promises to be mainly between the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and Mr. Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Lagos is one of the few states in the country that has not been ruled by the PDP though the party has fought tooth and nail particularly in 2007 and 2011, to wrest power from the ruling party in the state.
The just concluded presidential and National Assembly elections narrowly won by APC with a total score of 792,460 as against PDP’s 632,327 has put the ruling party in Lagos in a tight corner and back to the drawing board.
APC in Lagos became jittery after the presidential and NASS elections particularly when PDP cleared five House of Representatives seats while the Accord Party won a seat. This result turned out to be one of the significant upsets in this year’s general elections. The Igbos living in Lagos made a significant statement during the election by clearing at least three House of Representatives seats out of the five won by the PDP. The APC lost six seats to the opposition in the state and this has not gone down well with the leadership of the party including the traditional rulers led by Oba Rilwan Akiolu 1, the Oba of Lagos.
The seats lost by the APC are in the Igbo-dominated local government areas of the state. Read More →