Edo No be Lagos? – But Why should Edo Be Lagos?
In the political history of Nigeria, the just concluded governorship election in Nigeria’s Edo state will never be forgotten. In the midst of the increasing influence of Godfatherism in Nigerian politics, in his second term, the incumbent who lost favour from his God fathers needed to rely on the people to win.
After being disqualified from the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship race, Obaseki defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he emerged its flagbearer and subsequently adopted a people-centred campaign.
Unlike Osagie Ize-Iyamu, his main challenger who was barely seen or heard during the campaign, Obaseki understood that in politics, as James Wilson puts it, the supreme power resides in the people.
In 2015, it was the change mantra that the APC used to end the 16-year reign of the PDP. In 2019, the “O To’Ge” movement consumed the over four decades of the Sarakis political dynasty which dictated who got what in Kwara, and what did the Obaseki campaign come up with in 2020? “Edo No Be Lagos”.
“Edo no be Lagos” was used as a reference to the way the powers that be in Lagos denied Akinwunmi Ambode a second term ticket. Seeing that the APC in Lagos retained power despite denying Ambode a return ticket, admirers of Obaseki in Edo warned the state APC leaders, especially Adams Oshiomhole, not to give Obaseki what they termed “an Ambode treatment.” But the former APC national chairman would have none of it.
So, when the “Ambode treatment” was meted out on him, his supporters vowed that the governor’s political foes would pay the price. Apt and summative, “Edo no be Lagos” came as a warning prior to the election and spread like a wildfire on the election day.
Lagos Will Be Edo Come 2023 Says PDP – Lagos Na Edo?
Following the outcome of the Edo governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to replicate the feat it attained at the election in Lagos come 2023.
Making this vow in a statement, the spokesperson of the PDP in Lagos, Taofik Gani, said the party’s victory in Edo state had strengthened PDP’s determination to win the Governorship seat in Lagos come 2023.
“The PDP, Lagos state chapter, has congratulated Governor Godwin Obaseki, on his re-election as Edo State Governor.
“The Lagos state chapter particularly hailed the Governor for his ability to garner the needed vote to be declared at the first ballot, in the face of rumored federal might.
“To us in Lagos state PDP we have grasped from the well-deserved victory, the renewed commitment, and resoluteness to also win Lagos state to end godfatherism & imposition in Lagos politics.
“As a matter of fact, we are now more ever than before fired up to win Lagos State. We shall manifest this ability in the coming bye-elections in the state and eventually the 2023 general elections,” he said.
It will be recalled that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, announced Obaseki as the winner of the Edo State Governorship election that took place on Saturday.
While Obaseki polled a total of 307,955, the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s Osagie Ize-Iyamu, gathered a total of 223,619, losing the election to Obaseki with a margin of 84,336.