The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, emerged as the winner of the presidential election in Lagos state. During a rally in Abia state, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressive Congress presidential candidate, had urged Igbos to vote for him and referred to Obi as his “tenant” in Lagos.
Tinubu is well-known as the landlord of Lagos, given his extensive involvement in real estate and housing. He claimed that Obi’s home in Lagos is located in his backyard, as his own home is situated in Bourdillon, Ikoyi.
However, despite Tinubu’s jibes, Obi managed to win at a polling unit located on Tinubu’s street. Obi garnered 582,354 votes, while Tinubu trailed behind with 572,606 votes.
Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secured 75,750 votes, and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and Adewole Adebayo of Social Democratic Party (SDP) received 8,442 and 772 votes respectively.
According to Stears, Lagos state has become increasingly indicative of the presidential election’s overall outcome.
In the previous four cycles, the state has voted for the winning presidential candidate, which increases to five if we assume that Lagos voted for PDP in the disputed 2007 elections.
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