Tinubu’s Influence In Lagos Overestimated- Ezekwesili
Oby Ezekwesili

The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Oby Ezekwesili, says the influence of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu in Lagos is overestimated.

Ezekwesili cited Tinubu’s inability to control the biggest Local Government Area in Lagos State, Alimosho as the reason for her assertion.

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The former minister said President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC could only get 86,897 votes from Alimosho, which is Tinubu’s local government with a population of 1.2million.

Ezekwesili stressed that the number of votes Buhari got from the local government in 2015 was an indication that Tinubu’s political power was overestimated.

In a statement the BBOG co-convener said:

“Let us look at the data. Data is something these old order politicians who want to rule forever haven’t bothered to engage with. Alimosho, for example, is the largest local government in Lagos state with over 1.2million persons resident according to official census figures.

“In 2015, only about 650,000 of these people registered and obtained their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs). Faced with the rather unattractive choice of voting for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Goodluck Jonathan, or the anyone-but-Jonathan candidacy represented by Muhammadu Buhari, a great many voters chose to abstain.

“At the end of the day, the #APCPDP, the twin terrors of Nigeria, only managed to conjure up 140,000 votes between them. In Almighty Alimosho. This says something loud and clear, that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu with all of his ‘might’ and experience in so-called grassroots politics could, at the end of the day, deliver only 86,897 votes for his candidate Buhari and their party.

“Where then does the source of this his widely reported power come from? Isn’t he grossly overestimated? Asiwaju Tinubu and his like in #APCPDP control only as much as we let them. And the situation is the same in every other part of the country- from Kano to Ilorin- where any godfather claims to hold sway,” she added.