MC Oluomo, who rose from being a bus conductor to one of the most feared political henchmen in southwest Nigeria represents a crude brand of state-backed political instruments. As the leader of the NURTW, he has over the years allegedly been at the centre of political subjugation, playing an important, albeit terrible role in shaping the politics of Lagos State.
Despite spending N305 billion, INEC’s conduct in the 2023 presidential election failed to show any real progress. Instead, the electoral commission has eroded the gains made in the past few years in Nigeria’s path to achieving true democracy through credible controversy-free elections.
Nigeria’s youth made up the bulk of new voters in the 2023 elections, but were they the ones to decide? Historically, Nigeria’s elections have been affected by low voter turn-out, with seemingly inalienable voter apathy. The 25 February elections, however, put a question mark on previous voter turnout data.
Tinubu may have won the presidential election, but he has done so at a huge cost: his control of Lagos is already dying, and his work as president will further alienate him from the nitty-gritty of Lagos’ politics. For the first time in over a decade, he may not be able to determine who becomes the next governor of Lagos.
While the 2023 elections mark the first time that elections have not been entirely postponed since 2011, INEC still faced the issue of logistics and electoral violence usually reported in every electoral cycle.