Nigeria: Tinubu’s defeat in Lagos rattles ruling party ahead of governorship election

By Ben Ezeamalu

Posted on Monday, 13 March 2023 12:41
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)

The shocking defeat of former Governor Bola Tinubu in the February 25 presidential election in Lagos has sent the All Progressives Congress (APC) into panic mode, with the party's strategists grasping to ensure victory for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

In the two weeks between the presidential poll and the initial date of the governorship election, Governor Sanwo-Olu’s campaign launched a media blitzkrieg for his re-election for another four-year term.

On television, House Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila took out paid advertisements where he urged Lagos people to vote for the governor “who understands the place and promise of Lagos”. On social media, the governor and his aides ramped up engagements with netizens, highlighting the administration’s achievements over the past four years and soliciting cooperation.

The outcome of the presidential election was a wake-up call for the governor