All Progressive Congress’s Babajide Sanwo-Olu led the voting with a transparent margin over his closest rival from the Labour Occasion.
The governor of Lagos has simply gained re-election in low-turnout native voting, figures have proven, marking a victory for Nigeria’s ruling get together simply weeks after the business capital backed the opposition in a disputed presidential election.
In response to the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC), incumbent Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) get together had greater than 736,000 votes after votes had been tallied in districts representing 95 % of voters on Sunday.
His closest rival, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Occasion, secured 292,000 votes, in accordance with the figures launched by the INEC.
The turnout was only a small fraction of the seven million registered voters in Africa’s largest megacity, which has a inhabitants of greater than 20 million individuals.
The Lagos election was the best profile amongst races for highly effective governorships in 28 of Nigeria’s 36 states, in addition to for state assemblies throughout the nation.
The race in Lagos had been anticipated to be shut after opposition Labour candidate Peter Obi obtained probably the most votes within the state throughout final month’s disputed presidential election, which was gained general by Bola Tinubu of the APC.
Tinubu himself is a former Lagos governor, who ran the state from 1999 to 2007 and has since been seen as instrumental in choosing his successors there, together with Sanwo-Olu.
Obi has stated he was robbed of victory by rampant fraud, and political analysts stated the dealing with of final month’s presidential election might have discouraged some voters from taking part in Saturday’s regional polls.
Some officers from the INEC who introduced leads to Lagos on Sunday reported some poll bins had been stolen, however stated this was not widespread sufficient to have an effect on the result of the vote.
Voting was postponed to Sunday at 10 polling stations in a Lagos neighbourhood following disagreements between INEC officers and voters over the situation of polling items. Closing outcomes had been anticipated later.
Governors wield extensive affect in Africa’s most populous nation, and their help will help resolve who turns into president.
Some governors preside over states whose annual budgets are larger than these of some small African nations. Lagos has an annual finances of $4bn.
In northeastern Adamawa, a conservative and largely Muslim state, electoral officers had been collating outcomes after a race that would see Nigeria’s first feminine elected governor.
Voters had been nonetheless casting ballots in two districts of oil-producing Rivers state, the place the INEC did not ship voting supplies.