Sunday, April 15, 2007
Fashola ‘sweeps’ Lagos.
Elections have been concluded for the Governorship position in Lagos with Babatunde Raji Fashola , the Action Congress candidate and Governor Tinubu’s heir apparent running amok at the polls, trouncing all comers including the feared Musiliu Obanikoro.
Fashola scored 828, 484 votes with his arch rival, ‘Koro’ polling 389, 088.
Others were less fortunate at the polls. Jimmy Agbaje polled 114, 557 (a distant 3rd), Tokunbo Afikuyomi (ANPP), once a favourite of Tinubu scoring a little over 6,000, Gbajabiamila (AD)- a little over 2,000, Owolabi Salis- 2,565, Uche Omihai (Fresh)- 12, 719 and the deputy governor of Lagos, Femi Pedro (Labour Party)- 29, 836 .
The losing aspirants with Pedro as spokesman immediately called for a cancellation and termination of collations in Lagos because of ‘irregularities’.
In a related story, the Ondo State Deputy Governor made off with electoral boxes ending the collation of votes in that state. He must have seen the writing on the wall.
There can only be one winner. And for some, their day in the sun is finally over.
(In the picture, Lagosians celebrate news of the victory of Fashola. They climbed my car, and swamped me as I took pictures through the vehicle's sunroof).