Dr. Constance Ikokwu, a political analyst, argues that the narrow margin of victory between Labour Party (LP) candidate Peter Obi and People's Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Atiku Abubakar and president-elect Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu indicates that the former governor of Lagos was not popular in the country. The influential APC official was labeled by her as a divider.
Ikokwu remarked, "Yes, if he (Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu) was that popular, there would have been three candidates; however, if he was extremely popular, he would have gotten more figures;" They're in court because even the numbers are contested. Since he departed government, tensions have arisen in Lagos, where he was the top representative, because of the widespread belief that he still has the city captive. He is well-connected; several governors who have pursued him even consider him a guardian. He is a polarizing character because if he doesn't want you to run for governor or other state posts, you have no power in those roles.
In an interview with Arise Television, Dr. Ikokwu painted Tinubu as a divisive personality (fast-forward to 6:32). The previous leader of Lagos, she implied, is being seen by some Nigerians as a Guardian, which is producing tension in the country. She said it was why the APC leader couldn't get more than 37% of the vote and win. She argued that Tinubu would have easily beaten both Atiku and Obi in the election had his name been better known throughout Nigeria.
Ikokwu explained why people dislike Tinubu and claimed that the ex-governor of Lagos had played a key role in the election of every governor who followed him. She believes that the former leader of the Lagos delegation was seen as a Guardian, and that this is why some Nigerians don't find this to be a particularly strong argument in favor of his goal. She countered that when Tinubu showed up to the office he could dispel the tales floating around about him.
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