Politics The Nation: 25 for Governor in Lagos



Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) will complete his second term in office next year. Ahead of the next governorship election, the two major political parties-the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-have returned to the drawing board. Also, the Labour Party (LP) and other smaller parties are warming up. Between next month and November, the parties would have conducted their primaries for aspirants. When the candidates emerge, campaigns will start and Lagosians will beam a searchlight on the flag bearers itching to succeed the governor.

Lagos is the greatest stronghold of the progressive bloc. By 2015, the bloc would have dominated power in the Centre of Excellence for 16 years. As the APC seeks the renewal of the mandate, the achievements of former Governor Bola Tinubu and his successor, Fashola, would be the party’s armour. The two politicians have laid a solid foundation for their successors to build upon. They have presided over model administrations. While the PDP, the LP and other smaller parties would be soliciting for votes based on their promises to Lagosians, the APC, now a tested and trusted party, will request for a fresh mandate by tendering the feats of the two governors and making new promises it can fulfill in post-election period.

During the electioneering, events in the ruling party will influence the decisions by opposition parties. Ahead of the poll, the PDP, for example, is searching for a candidate similar to the one that the APC will throw up. Many PDP chieftains have links with the APC because many of them had the dormant Alliance for Democracy (AD) as mutual roots. The struggle for the ticket may become fierce, warranting strategic defections by impatient politicians seeking the golden fleece outside their political family.

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SOURCE: #TheNation

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