Nigeria: Lagos state prepares to vote for governor

Nigeria: Lagos state prepares to vote for governor

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Practically a month after the presidential elections, Lagos will head to the polls on Saturday to both retain its incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, or elect a brand new one.

The governor elect should sort out quite a few points equivalent to safety, visitors and corruption.

“For Lagos, I feel majorly what we have to work on is safety and the visitors. There’s a entire lot of visitors in Lagos, you’ll be able to think about leaving residence at 6am and you might be attending to your workplace by 9am? Then perhaps most likely within the night for those who’re going residence once more, you’re spending hours within the visitors, they should work on that,” says Stephen Chukwueke, monetary analyst. 

As essentially the most populous metropolis in Nigeria and one of many main financial hubs on the continent, its residents have quite a few points they need for the governor elect to deal with.

“I might respect if they’d improve or improve the safety fee within the state additionally use this Agbero of a factor, we all know it’s in all places, however we simply want a discount of them, they’re useful in one other manner, they’re dangerous. So, at the least a discount of them will go a great distance for the state,” particulars Stephen Chukwueke, monetary analyst. 

The election for brand spanking new governors for 28 of Nigeria’s 36 states is a part of Nigeria’s normal elections for four-year single phrases for main political positions.

Accoding to political analyst, Wahab Shittu, the subsequent governor should be one with character as Lagos is the nerve system of Nigeria.

“Lagos is a microcosm of Nigeria. Lagos is so strategic as a result of it isn’t solely simply the political capital, as soon as the political capital of Nigeria but additionally the financial and business nerve centre. Lagos has all the pieces. Lagos defines us as a folks so, you can not simply put simply any character to control Lagos: it’s important to put a personality that’s obsessive about the idea of competence, of character, of capability, of integrity,” explains the political analyst.

Throughout presidential elections, President Bola Tinubu had misplaced to Peter Obi in his residence state of Lagos. Dropping Lagos may erode Tinubu’s affect within the state of greater than 20 million folks sending a sign of political vulnerability.

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