Even though the People's Democratic Party (PDP) has ruled the whole country and controlled the federal government, there are three states that the political party has never ruled for more than twenty years since Nigeria adopted democracy again as its system of government.
The PDP was formed prior the 1999 presidential election, which it won with ease. But despite its age and viability in all zones and states of the country, the PDP is still lagging behind in Lagos State. The political party has done virtually everything to control the affairs of the state with no success as it continues to take the second position.
When democracy was returned to the country, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu was elected as the governor of Lagos State in 1999. He used the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and he won the commercial center of the country. While the PDP was at the federal level, AD firmly controlled Lagos State.
Tinubu spent eight years and when he was about to hand over to another governor, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) had been established. The party was created in 2006 and it presented Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola as its candidate. The then new party defeated the PDP.
Likewise when Mr. Fashola was done with his second term, he handed over to Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who used the currently ruling All Progresives Congress (APC). The APC was formed in 2014 and it took part in the 2015 governorship election. The party beat the PDP just as the AD and ACN did. And in 2019 the APC nominated Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu as its candidate. He defeated the PDP and its candidate. Hence, since 1999 Lagos State has been under the Alliance for Democracy, the Action Congress of Nigeria and the All Progressives Congress.
Three political parties have defeated the PDP in the northern state of Yobe. The PDP has been losing that important state since 1999. The 1999 governorship election in Yobe State was won by the defunct All People's Party (APP) and its flag bearer, Buka Abba Ibrahim. The APP metamorphosed into the All Nigerian People's Party (ANPP).
Mamman Bello Ali was elected in 2007 on the platform of the All Nigerian People's Party (ANPP) though he died before the completion of his tenure. And Ibrahim Geidam became the Yobe State governor in 2009. He spent ten years in power and he joined the APC after its formation. He used the APC to win the gubernatorial election in 2015.
The PDP was once again defeated in the 2019 gubernatorial election. The APC presented Mr. Mai Mala Buni for the poll and the PDP could only come second again. The people of Yobe State embraced the APC and its candidate, Mai Mala Buni.
The PDP might target to win Yobe State in 2023, but there are very strong Stalwarts of the APC in Yobe State. The incumbent Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, is from the state. The chairman of the caretaker committee of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, is also from the state. So, the PDP has been losing Yobe State since the return to democracy.
The case of Borno State seems similar to that of Yobe. The two neighbouring states share relatively similar political views. The state initially embraced the APP which later changed to the ANPP. Mala Kachalla was elected in 1999 and he used only four years in power. Mr. Ali Modu Sheriff took over from him and ruled the northern state for eight years from 2003 to 2011. He fully used the ANPP.
And after him the state elected Mr. Kashim Shettima. He led the ANPP members to the merger that formed the All Progressives Congress. He took over in 2011 as an ANPP governor and he was reelected in 2015 on the platform of the APC. Mr. Shettima was in power for eight years. In 2019 the APC recorded another massive victory when its governorship candidate, Babagana Zulum, won the election with a wide margin.
Interestingly, the three states discuss in this article have two things in common. One, they are under the control of the All Progressives Congress. Secondly, the governors in the three states are in their first term. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Babagana Zulum and Mai Mala Buni were sworn in two years ago following their victory in the governorship election.
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