In the latest development in the highly anticipated Lagos State gubernatorial election, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) deputy governorship candidate Funke Akindele has lost her polling unit to incumbent Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Akindele, a prominent Nollywood actress turned politician, voted in Ita Aro Square amid the election’s heightened tensions.
The campaign for Lagos governorship has gotten a lot of interest since some Nigerian celebrities like Funke Akindele have opted to run for governor in the 2023 election. Abdul-Azeez Adediran, also known as Jandor, the PDP’s governorship candidate in Lagos, won the election in his polling unit. However, this victory did not guarantee Akindele’s victory in her polling unit.
Controversies and confrontations have marred the election process, with stories of party agents arguing over voting time at Funke Akindele’s polling unit just a few weeks ago. In addition, an agent of the PDP, who opposed the continuation of voting, got embroiled in a heated verbal dispute with an APC agent, further aggravating the environment inside the polling unit. The appearance of Akindele at the scene did not alleviate the developing animosity between the two agents.
Lagos residents and the entire country eagerly follow the Lagos State governorship election since it is largely seen as a litmus test for the federal elections later this year. Moreover, Lagos is Nigeria’s economic and cultural powerhouse, with a population of over 20 million, making this election’s stakes incredibly high.
The governorship election results are likely to significantly influence the state’s future and the power balance between the two major parties, the PDP and the APC. While the loss of her polling unit is a blow for Akindele and the PDP, it is unclear how this would affect the election’s outcome. Therefore, Nigerians eagerly await the final results, hoping for a calm and fair voting process.