Ahead of the upcoming general election, the All Progressives Congress, or APC, in Lagos State and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu are wide awake.
Two weeks after the presidential and National Assembly elections, the gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections will take place on Saturday.
Because of their years of supremacy, people initially believed the APC would win easily. Nevertheless, this may turn out to be one of their hardest challenges since their inception in 2013.
A considerably younger Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (GRV), whose popularity soared following the most recent outstanding performance of the Labour Party, LP, poses a challenge to Sanwo-Olu.
Although Peter Obi, the LP standard bearer, defeated Bola Tinubu in Lagos, many believe that Bola Tinubu actually won by a bigger margin.
The outcome humiliated the “Jagaban” who made fun of Obi for not residing in Anambra at a rally in Abia State.
“He moved to Lagos, I am his landlord. I dey wait for the day I beat am for election,” he had said.
After Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999, it was only the second occasion in Nigerian history that a victorious presidential flagbearer lost at home.
After asking his followers to keep calm and cast their ballots for LP candidates on March 11, Obi last Thursday filed a suit at the Abuja tribunal contesting Tinubu’s victory.
The APC was alarmed by his victory in Lagos and has increased meetings, consultations, and electioneering throughout the state.
One of the last-minute pushes was the government’s reported order for civil personnel to publish pro-Sanwo-Olu campaign messaging.
Notwithstanding the LP phenomenon, the party is optimistic about holding onto power because of the broad grassroots support it enjoys.