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March 11 Elections: Govs Panic, Seek Remedies To Avert Disaster

March 6, 2023

Following the unexpected stellar performance of the Labour Party (LP) at the presidential and National Assembly elections held February 25, there are indications that some governors seeking reelection and those who have positioned their preferred successors are now in panic. About 12 governors lost their states to opposition parties during the presidential election; about five of them senatorial candidates, who were unable to win their elections. Four of these governors are seeking second term in office, while one was vice presidential candidate.

The affected governors are Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu); Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Ben Ayade (Cross River); Simon Lalong (Plateau); Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Nasir el- Rufai (Kaduna); Mai Mala Bunu (Yobe); Samuel Ortom (Benue); Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Babajide Sanwu-Olu (Lagos) and Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa). Ugwuanyi, Lalong, Ortom, Ikpeazu and Ayade, were senatorial candidates but lost. Okowa was vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but failed to deliver his state to the party.


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