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Lagos Polls; A Battle between Elites And The Lowly

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Nigeria News takes a look at the presidential and NASS election in Lagos on Saturday.

At long last, the presidential and National Assembly elections happened on Saturday. It was peaceful in most parts of Nigeria with some irregularities in a few states, including Lagos.

In Okota area of Lagos, the election was disrupted by some hoodlums believed to be supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It was gathered that the supporters of the APC publicly threatened to attack voters who would not vote for APC at some polling units. The voters resisted this threat, leading to chaos at the polling units in Okota.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had postponed elections in the areas and this may delay the announcement of Lagos results.

However, my fieldwork around Lagos showed that voters were more divided along social classes instead of political parties in some areas of the state.

This is going to have an effect on the results of the election in the state. The Lagos result will be too close to call because the electorate in the eyebrow settlements of the metropolis expressed their anger through the votes against the present government.

It was clear by the results declared at the polling booths in Ikoyi that the elites, many of whom had been in government at one time or another revolted against the ruling APC. They voted massively for the PDP and where the APC had won, the margin was so close.

However, on Lagos Island where there is a concentration of the low class, the ruling APC won with a wide margin. I was on Lagos Island, precisely at Chief Bode George’s family house. George is a chieftain of the PDP. He locked the door behind him and would only allow me and some colleagues to enter after an exercise of identifications and appellations.

Besides his house was a polling booth with large crowd of residents in the area. Their rantings showed that they did not love PDP nor its representative, Chief George.

They voted massively for APC, beating Bode George in his unit. Looking at this and judging by the population of the lowly in Lagos, it will be a bit tight for PDP to win.

On the other hands, there are low-income earners in Lagos who voted for PDP and his presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar on Saturday. Many of this set of the electorate are members of other ethnic nationalities other than the Yorubas.

Many of the Igbos, Efiks, Edos, Igalas and many other tribes who live in Lagos did not vote for the APC. The voting trend of other tribes in Lagos reflected the direction of their states of origin. In Festac, Mile 2, Okota where most residents are Igbos, APC had no chance and that suggested the reason why the election was disrupted.

However, the PDP Lagos governorship candidate, Mr Jimi Agbaje could not win for his party at his polling booth, APC won. Agbaje lives in Apapa where most residents, besides Yoruba are northerners.

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