For the APC in Lagos State, all is well that ends well. The Party regained momentum from a sluggish performance in the last presidential election and showed its dominance in Lagos state; defeating both the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party with a wide margin, thereby keeping Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Landlord in
For the APC in Lagos State, all is well that ends well. The Party regained momentum from a sluggish performance in the last presidential election and showed its dominance in Lagos state; defeating both the Labour Party and the Peoples Democratic Party with a wide margin, thereby keeping Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Landlord in Alausa for another four years.
It was a hard-fought battle that saw the politicians taking their gloves off, with their supporters resorting to the use of unethical languages, preaching ethnicity and religious divisions and rendering different historical narratives about Lagos, all in a bid to have an edge and gain advantage.
In the early hours of Monday, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was declared as the winner of the highly competitive governorship election. He won with the majority votes, call it a landslide victory, defeating his closest opponent Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party with a difference of 449, 805 votes.
Results from the 20 local governments in the state show that the incumbent defeated 15 other candidates in the race vying for the governorship position. He won in 19 local governments areas of the state, losing only in one.
Although the elections were controversially marred by voter intimidation and low turnouts in some parts of the state. Similarly, the election had to be postponed to March 19th in Eti-Osa local government due to disagreement between the voters and the electoral officers on the location of the polling stations.
In the declaration of results made by the Returning Officer, Governor Sanwo-Olu polled 762,134 votes ahead of Gbadebo Rhodes of the Labour Party who got 312,329 votes, and Adediran Olajide Abdulazeez of the Peoples Democratic Party who polled 62,449 votes.
According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there are 7,060,195 registered voters in Lagos state overall. However, only 1,173 631 voters voted in the governorship election on March 18 out of a total of 6,214,970 people who obtained their permanent voter cards. 1,155 678 votes were shared among all the contenders, but 17,953 votes were rejected.
The Returning Officer Professor Adenike Temidayo Oladiji, the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology Akure in her declaration stated that ” I declare Sanwo-Olu Babajide Olusola of the APC, having satisfied the requirement of the law by scoring 25% in two third of the local governments of the state and also having the highest number of votes cast and meeting the requirements of the law is hereby declared the winner and is declared elected”.
Below is the breakdown of the results of the elections local government by local governments
LAGOS ISLAND LGA
APC: 37, 760
LP: 1, 317
PDP: 1, 783
2. APAPA LGA
3. EPE LGA
4. Agege LGA
5. Ajeromi/Ifelodun LGA
6. Ikeja LGA
7. Mushin LGA
8. Surulere LGA
11. Badagry LGA
12. Lagos Mainland LGA
13. Alimosho LGA
14. Ojo LGA
15. Ikorodu LGA
16. Kosofe LGA
17. Oshodi-Isolo LGA
18. Shomolu LGA
19. Amuwo-Odofin LGA
Labour Party Demands Cancellation of Lagos Election
Reacting to the results, the Labour Party, Lagos state Chairman, Pastor(Mrs) Dayo Ekong expressed her dissatisfaction with the outcome of polls, by condemning the electioneering process in the state.
Speaking to the events that occurred during the governorship and state house of assembly elections, Mrs. Ekong condemned the disenfranchisement through voter suppression and attacks on Labour Party’s supporters across the state.
She said the violence was weaponised to disenfranchise voters in places like Alimosho. And as a result, the result of the election does not reflect the will of the people
She, therefore called on the electoral commission to cancel the elections and their outcome, saying that her party would not accept the result of the elections.
APC’s Inuwa Yahaya Re-elected Gombe Governor
Also, the incumbent Governor of Gombe State Inuwa Yahaya who is also the APC candidate won his re-election bid garnering a total of 342,821 votes to defeat his close contender, Mohammed Barde of the PDP who got 233,131 votes.