The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had boasted that it is poised to win more states in the governorship election despite the outcome of the Presidential election. They said their candidates are very popular and widely accepted in their various states especially in Lagos, Oyo, Ogun and other PDP ruling states. While the All Progressive Congress (APC) is more confident in the victory they had in the Presidential election and that voters would replicate the same gesture by pledging their loyalty to the APC.
However the Buhari factor could come into play as the people of the region as excited at the prospect of being in the same boat as the party that controls the center. This could have a bearing on Saturday’s polls. Governorship elections would hold in only Lagos, Ogun and Oyo States. In Ondo, Ekiti and Osun only state assembly polls will hold.
Lagos seems allergic to the PDP. Prior to the 2015 elections, the APC controlled the three senatorial districts, the 24 House of Representatives seats and the 40 House of Assembly seats, giving the APC 100 per cent control of Lagos. Even when the entire South-West fell to the PDP in 2003, Lagos stood its ground and refused to join the bandwagon.
Jimi Agbaje of PDP has stated that the people of Lagos had nothing to fear since Buhari had promised not to run a vindictive government. Lagos, which generated about N300bn in Internally Generated Revenue last year, is one of the few states that are economically viable. I can say that he has more loyal friends now from the market people and the bus drivers who can not forget what the present state government did to them; taking their shops and LASTMA craze all in the name of restructuring Lagos.
The Governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola, through an emotional letter to Lagosians, said that the people of Lagos would be doing a great disservice to themselves if they allowed Lagos to fall to the PDP.
Both Agbaje and Ambode are from Lagos-East senatorial district but due to the heterogeneous demography of Lagos, most voters will not vote based on where a candidate comes from.
As the clock ticks, the people of Lagos hold their breath in anticipation of who will carry the day in the April 11 governorship election. The joy of APC would be boundless and historic for Nigeria which for the first time, Lagos and the centre under the same party.
Ajimobi-led government in Oyo State had done well in the last four years and deserved another term to complement the good work. If last election results are anything to go by, Ajimobi will mop up the votes in his native Ibadan and enjoy support from all other parts of the state. If he emerges victorious, Ajimobi will make history as the first governor of the state to be re-elected for a second term since 1999
In Ogun State, incumbent Governor Ibikunle Amosun of the APC will surely have no qualms in his bid to return for a second term. The Southwest seems to have been caught up in the APC tsunami and it won’t stop until it gets done with the governorship. The All Progressives Congress in Ogun State won the results of Saturday’s presidential election in 11 out of the 17 local government areas. APC cry is that the PDP is known for violence as a usual stock in trade.