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Nigeria Decides: Sanwo-Olu Re-Elected Governor of Lagos State

Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party rejected the result and calls for it’s cancelled.

Incumbent Governor Babajide of Lagos State and candidate of All Progressives Congress, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has secured a convincing victory in the state’s gubernatorial election.

The Independent National Electoral Commission’s Returning Officer for the state, Adenike Oladiji, who doubles as the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, announced that Sanwo-Olu won in 19 LGAs, while Rhodes-Vivour emerged victorious in Amuwo Odofin LGA.

Sanwo-Olu polled 762,134 votes to win the election, the LP came second with 312,329 votes, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) trailed in third place with 62,449 votes.

The total number of votes cast was 1,123,302, and the number of rejected votes was 16,798, and the total number of valid votes was 1,107,248.

The APC candidate received two-thirds of the votes in an election marred by incidents of voter suppression and violence.

While addressing the press, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Olusegun Agbaje, urged citizens not to see an election as a do-or-die affair, adding that he received a number of threats during the election.

He described that the role of INEC is to midwife elections and they expect politicians to collaborate with the commission to do a good job. Stressing that snatching of ballot shouldn’t be happening not even in Lagos.

With the INEC declaration, Sanwo-Olu has secured a second term as governor of Lagos.

While reacting to the result, the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour rejected the result and calls for its cancellation at areas where violence was the order of the day.

Claiming that the LP will challenge the result in court.

Demola Ojo