Nigeria 2023: Tinubu’s Lagos empire crumbles to Peter Obi 

By Eniola Akinkuotu

Posted on Monday, 27 February 2023 11:54
All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu (2nd R) and his wife Oluremi Tinubu (R) arrive to vote at a polling station in Lagos on February 25, 2023, during Nigeria's presidential and general election. (Photo by John Wessels / AFP)

Nigeria’s Presidential election has witnessed a major upset as the self-styled godfather of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, who is also the Presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has lost the state to Peter Obi of the Labour Party. 

According to the latest figures from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Tinubu polled 572,606 while Obi got 582,454.

Tinubu, who has ruled Lagos directly and indirectly since 1999, was projected to win the state which is Nigeria’s commercial capital. Some APC loyalists also disrupted elections in areas such as Surulere, Eti Osa and Oshodi/Isolo.

However, Obi, who enjoys a huge following among urban youths, evangelicals and his Igbo kinsmen, still went on to win the election in the state.

Obi even defeated Tinubu in Ikeja local government area where Tinubu has been casting his vote since 1999.