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ANALYSIS: Igbo, The New Bride In Lagos

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Nigeria News takes a look at the new bride in Lagos politics, the Ndigbo.

Members of Igbo ethnic group resident in Lagos are now the toast of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It is either they count on Igbo’s votes or lose the polls. The population of the Igbos living in Lagos swells every day. This has given them the voting power that no party will like to joke with.

The social media war between the Igbos and their landlords, Yorubas became more visible during the last presidential and National Assembly elections when a group of hoodlums disrupted the poll at a unit in Okota area of the state.

The reason was that the Igbos were many in that part of Lagos and because of their love for PDP, they were not be allowed to exercise their franchise in some units.

A supplementary poll may happen in the area this Saturday when the country holds the governorship election.

However, the last results of the presidential election reflected the voting power of the Igbos as they narrowed the margin between APC and PDP. APC polled 580, 825 while PDP polled 448,015.

The National leader of the APC and former Governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, according to findings was angry at this results.

He gave the traditional rulers in the state the marching order to summon the Igbo leaders in their domain and appeal to them to vote for APC in Saturday gubernatorial poll.

It was gathered that some funds were earmarked for the Igbo community. The ruling party also called on its foot soldiers, most of whom are members of the NURTW not to attack Igbo in Lagos again.

Recalled that, shortly after the election on February 23, some hoodlums believed to be supporters of APC stormed the major market in Oshodi to attack shop owners of Igbo extraction.

Though the Lagos State Police Command denied this allegation, the Igbos that were attacked narrated their ordeals.

But the new strategy by APC now is to counter all the moves that the PDP had taken to convince the Igbos.

The PDP had concentrated much of its campaigns among the Igbos, mostly in Amuwo Odofin, Ladipo and part of Ikeja since the campaign began.

As a matter of fact, the PDP vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi visited Lagos severally to accompany Agabje to the Igbo community, canvassing for votes.

The APC candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who had spent much of his time with the Yorubas and northerners has changed his strategy.

He was at the Computer Village, where there is a high concentration of Igbos to sell his idea. In the last four days, vice president Yemi Osinbajo has been in Lagos to fortify the campaign train of Sanwo-Olu.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, who is also the former Governor of the state, Mr Babatunde Fashola has also relocated to Lagos to throw his weight behind Sanwo-Olu.

Their agenda is to convince the new bride to marry them on Saturday. The Igbos, the new bride in Lagos.

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