A Twitter user with the handle @Zeebeibe recently made a controversial claim that the All Progressives Congress (APC) allowed the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi, to win the Lagos State election intentionally.
According to @Zeebeibe, this was done to avoid protests in Lagos, similar to the EndSARS protests that rocked the state and the country in October 2020.
The user further alleged that the APC rigged the election results to appear closer than they actually were. By doing so, @Zeebeibe believes that the Tinubu-led APC sought to prevent any potential backlash that could result from a clear loss to the PDP in Lagos. This way, they could provide evidence of fairness in the election, in case of any allegations of rigging.
In one of the tweets, @Zeebeibe stated, “They also let Obi win in Lagos because they are tryna get Obidients in Lagos to stay calm cus they know if there’s gonna be a protest we are likely first to start like EndSARS.”
This statement implies that the APC may have been concerned about the possibility of protests in Lagos and believed that allowing the PDP to win the election could prevent such an outcome.
Moreover, the user claimed that the Lagos State election results were “blatantly rigged,” with Obi allegedly receiving far more votes than what was reported. @Zeebeibe warned against being carried away by the election results, as he believes that the outcome may have been manipulated to suit the APC’s interests.
The EndSARS protests were a series of demonstrations against police brutality and extrajudicial killings in Nigeria. The protests gained national and international attention, with protesters calling for an end to police brutality and the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a controversial police unit.
The protests were met with violent repression from security forces, leading to widespread condemnation from human rights groups and the international community.
The claims made by @Zeebeibe are quite serious and, if proven to be true, could have significant implications for the Nigerian political landscape. The EndSARS protests highlighted the need for transparency and accountability in the country’s political system, and any allegations of election rigging or manipulation could undermine public confidence in the electoral process.
It remains to be seen whether these claims will be investigated further and whether any evidence will be uncovered to support or refute them.