Upsets Ahead of the March 11 Governorship Elections
The outcome of the presidential and National Assembly elections of February 25 have already yielded a major upset, with the former governor of Lagos, Bola Tinubu, losing the state for the first time in more than 20 years.
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and two other governors could not achieve their ambitions to go to the Senate.
The results of the polls have led to fear and speculation of the possibility of other surprise wins in the governorship and state Assembly elections slated for March 11.
Five political parties are vying for the governorship seats; All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party, New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), and Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Delta state is another battleground.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s PDP is likely to win while Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and Pela Kawhariebie Kennedy of the APC and Labour Party respectively have the potential to cause an upset due to the general dissatisfaction of Deltans with the performance of the incumbent government.
Ebonyi state’s contest is between Labour Party candidate Edward Nkwegu and the APC’s Francis Nwifuru, with the PDP having an outside chance of victory.
In Nasarawa, Joseph Ewuga of the Labour party, invigorated by Peter Obi’s victory, has confidently boasted of his intention of un-seating the incumbent governor.
Rivers state is also a disputed seat between Governor Nyesom Wike’s PDP, the APC, Labour Party, and SDP, where Magnus Abe of the SDP is expected to cause an upset.
Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna, and Katsina are other states that governments look forward to watch.
The March 11 governorship polls will reveal the political power shifting across the country, as many contenders await anxiously for the results.
Whichever way the pendulum tilts, the effects of the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections is sure to reverberate in these elections.