According to results released by the state’s collation center, third force candidate Peter Obi has defeated Bola Tinubu of the influential ruling party to win Lagos State. Given that the state is a stronghold for Tinubu, who was predicted to win the state with ease, Obi’s victory is unexpected.
Former Lagos State governor Tinubu is regarded as a political godfather and kingmaker in that state.
Obi, who is 61 years old, has become more well-liked, especially among young people, many of whom identify as “Obidients.”
The two-party system that has dominated Nigerian politics since 1999 is facing an unprecedented threat from Obi’s Labour Party, making this election one of the most hotly contested ones in the nation since 1999.
Atiku Abubakar, Peter Obi, and Bola Ahmed Tinubu
The biggest democratic election in Africa is going to take place in Nigeria. These are some facts concerning its presidential election: 90 Across the entire nation, 87.2 million people picked up their voter’s card and 3 million registered to vote, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In Lagos, many voters reported being intimidated and having their ballots stifled. CNN went to a voting place in Lekki, Lagos, which had been stormed and where the military had to step in.
According to Dr. Chidi Nwagwu, “I came at 10am. Despite the late arrival of the voting materials, we prepared to begin. Once they arrived, some gangsters began beating individuals with chairs. I received several chair blows. One of the doctors helped us. Many ladies, including a pregnant woman, were attacked. They shattered her phone and knocked her to the ground.
“There was harassment, and having a phone was illegal,” Alicia Gberikon claimed. Many were assaulted, and their phones were broken. It was absolutely scary.
The victory of Obi, according to political commentator Remi Adekoya, was “the biggest shock of Tinubu’s political career.”
“This election is changing the political landscape in Nigeria… The triumph of Peter Obi in Lagos, Bola Tinubu’s hometown, has demonstrated that many Nigerians desire a different style of politics and that the days of godfatherism are coming to an end, he said.
Michael Famoroti, head of intelligence at the Lagos-based data firm Stears, issued a warning that Obi would find it difficult to duplicate the victory across the nation.
Adu Ayeni and his wife will move to the UK in six days.
Several gifted young Nigerians are emigrating. The burden of stopping the migration will fall on the incoming president, he said, “Peter Obi’s performance in Lagos is unlikely to translate across the country.”
The victory in Lagos “reinforces the perception that the Obidient movement is still relatively concentrated among a higher economic class,” according to his performance in the other south western states. The current data indicates that Peter Obi still has a difficult road ahead of him in order to obtain the necessary votes in crucial states because elections in Nigeria are still won in rural areas.
delays, interference, and no-shows
Africa’s largest democratic election, which took place in Nigeria on Saturday, was plagued by lengthy delays and some voters were unable to cast a ballot at all because election officials did not appear.
A non-profit civic organization called Yiaga Africa claims it sent out 3,836 observers across the nation and was dissatisfied with the voting process.
“Very simply, I’m disappointed with how this process has turned out. Evidently, we haven’t solved or overcame our ongoing logistical problems with elections, said Samson Itodo, Yiaga’s Executive Director, to CNN.
INEC has been approached by CNN for a response.
The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) stated in a preliminary assessment on Monday that the Nigerian election process “lacked effective planning and transparency during important stages of the voting process.”
On election day, the observers observed that polling delays and “information gaps connected to much anticipated access to results” decreased confidence in the Independent National Election Commission (INEC).
The mission cited extensive claims of vote buying, insecurity in some places, continued gasoline and cash shortages, and other reasons as contributing to the difficult election process.
The Saturday election was also criticized by a second group of observers, a combined mission of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and National Democratic Institute (NDI), who claimed that the outcome “fell far short of Nigerian voters’ reasonable expectations.”
They stated in a preliminary statement that “logistical difficulties and numerous episodes of political violence clouded the electoral process and prevented a significant number of voters from participating.”
Nigerians were allegedly disenfranchised as a result in several regions, albeit the “scope and extent is yet unknown,” according to the organizations.
Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria, too stepped in, requesting that the electoral commission hold fresh elections in areas where voting was disrupted by violence or where officials failed to show up. He even urged the current president, Muhammadu Buhari, to get involved.
The former leader warned that Nigeria was in “danger and calamity” if the irregularities in the electoral process were not corrected in an open letter published on Monday.
Addressing Buhari, Obasanjo observed, “Tension is rising. Please order the cancellation of any elections that fail the credibility and transparency test.