LAGOS NIGERIA. The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, Oby Ezekwesili, on Monday declared that the political influence of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu was “overestimated.”
She stated that the inability of Tinubu to control the biggest Local Government Area in Lagos State, Alimosho. Ezekwesili said President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, could only get 86,897 votes from Alimosho with a population of 1.2million.
Thus, she said the number of votes Buhari got from the local government in 2015 was an indication that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and Tinubu’s political power was over hyped.
“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). “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.
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This says something loud and clear, that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Ogbeni Rauf, with all of their ‘might’ and experience in so-called grassroots politics could, at the end of the day, deliver only 86,897 votes for their 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 #APC 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.
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“The data shows otherwise. The 500,000 persons in Alimosho who were so unimpressed by the #APCPDP that they refused to come out to vote are the numbers who will probably decide the 2019 elections.