Tomorrow’s election: Politicians dig in for survival, turn states to battlegrounds

Leading politicians and candidates criss-crossed the length and breadth of the 36 states of the country, yesterday, wrapping up campaigns for tomorrow’s governorship, state assembly and supplementary National Assemblyelections.elections.


Electoral Commission Officers await for voters as a polling station opens at Agiya polling station in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria on February 23, 2019, the day of the general elections. – Nigerians began voting for a new president on February 23, after a week-long delay that has raised political tempers, sparked conspiracy claims and stoked fears of violence. Some 120,000 polling stations began opening from 0700 GMT, although there were indications of a delay in the delivery of some materials and deployment of staff, AFP reporters said. (Photo by AFP)

There will be no governorship elections in seven states — Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Bayelsa, Edo, Anambra and Kogi. However, there will be state assembly polls in all the states and supplementary National Assembly polls in 14 states.

For the leading politicians, including those who won or lost out in the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly polls, tomorrow’s elections will make or mar them. It is, therefore, not surprising that they are digging in for what has become a battle for relevance or survival, a development that has turned most of the states into battle-grounds of sorts.

States to watch out for in the governorship and state assembly elections include Lagos, Kwara, Oyo, Ogun, Imo, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Kogi, Kano, Sokoto, Delta, and Edo, among others.

In Lagos, the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, took his campaigns to areas of the state dominated by non-indigenes such as Ojo, where there will also be a supplementary House of Representatives election, tomorrow.

There will also be supplementary House of Representatives election in five other constituencies – Oshodi-Isolo I, Oshodi-Isolo II, Eti-Osa, Shomolu and Ajeromi-Ifelodun.

At the February 23 election, the APC defeated the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos but the margin of victory was considered low, a reason leaders of the party embarked on intense moves to woo non-indigenes, especially the Igbo.

Indeed, Lagos Ohanaeze endorsed Sanwo-Olu, last Sunday, but the national body of Ohanaeze and some other Igbo groups disagreed and kicked against the endorsement of Sanwo-Olu, a development that led to more vigorous campaigns and lobbying by APC and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leaders. A victory for the APC will cement the leadership of APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has bestrode the politics of Lagos like a colossus since 1999.

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