Over the years, Nigerian politics has largely been dominated by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and the All Progressives Congress (APC) which ceased power in 2015. But since last year, the Labour Party (LP) has been making inroads into the fulcrum of national politics in a revolutionary-esque.
What started as a social media movement has metamorphosed into a national political revolution.
While the Labour Party is not a new party or merger, it’s worthy of note that the decamping of former PDP Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi to LP, brought a new life to the party with the spring of the Obideint Movement.
The ‘Obi effect’ may no longer be there directly on the day of the governorship and state Assembly elections as it was with the presidential and National Assembly elections, but the scooping of 40 National Assembly seats by the Labour Party would surely give the so-called major parties reasons to worry in the governorship and state assembly polls. Especially, in states where the Labour Party won the presidential elections.
Idoma TV’s analyses suggest that the Labour Party may win the governorship poll in States like Lagos, Enugu, Abia, Nasarawa, Ebonyi, and Delta.
The LP won the presidential election in all of the above listed states.
In Lagos particularly, the popularity of the gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, fondly called GRV is growing day by day. Like Obi, his candidacy is driven by the youth.
From all indications, GRV will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwaolu of the APC, and Abdul-Azeez Adediran (popularly called ‘Jandor’) of the PDP in the March 18th governorship election in Nigeria’s Center of Excellence.
The Labour Party also has a good chance in Enugu State. The LP candidate, Chijioke Edeoga stands a good chance against Peter Mbah of the PDP and Uchenna Nnaji of the APC.
Moreso, the party won seven Reps seats and one senatorial position in the state.