The national assembly election held last Saturday, which was highly anticipated by Nigerians, was characterized by a series of surprising outcomes from some opposition parties, that nobody had anticipated.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has since announced the results of the election in 93 out of the 109 senatorial districts across the country.
The All Progressives Congress, the ruling party in Nigeria, secured 51 seats from the released results, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won 27 seats. The Labour Party, on the other hand, obtained five seats, and the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP) clinched two seats each. The Young Progressives Party (YPP) and All Progressives Grand Alliance also secured one senate seat each.
The fact that some opposition parties pulled off unexpected wins has led to a lot of conversations and debates among Nigerians, with some praising the move as a sign of the country’s growing democracy, while others express concerns about the impact of such a development on the political landscape.
However, it’s important to note that INEC is yet to announce the winners of 16 senatorial seats, which could further change the distribution of seats among the parties. This has left many Nigerians eagerly awaiting the final results to see how the balance of power will be affected in the country.
The national assembly plays a crucial role in Nigeria’s political landscape as it is responsible for making laws and overseeing the actions of the executive arm of government. The distribution of seats in the assembly is therefore critical to the success of any political party or coalition that hopes to implement its policies and agenda.
The outcome of the national assembly election is also expected to impact Nigeria’s political environment, both domestically and internationally. A shift in the balance of power could lead to changes in the country’s economic and foreign policies, which could in turn affect its relationships with other countries.