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While Nigeria undergoes rising infrastructure and security issues, it will contest the State assembly elections in 2023. But before that, the most significant decision for the country is the Lagos elections. 

Lagos is a business-hub state in northwest Nigeria with a large population. The GDP of Lagos makes up more than 50% of the total of Nigeria’s GDP (excluding oil-related productions). The state has major infrastructural issues but still earns a major income for the rest of Nigerians. 

The city also hosts major banks, stock exchanges, and financial institutions, thus attracting investors. Although the other smaller states always need more investment and investor interests, Lagos attracts most of them. 

Nigerian politics is not very competitive. Such states are a strength of the nation if given enough focus. However, it’s that time in Lagos when political campaigning is rising. 

Fifteen political parties are contesting this time for the seats in Lagos state. The INEC or Independent National Electoral Commission has started updating the News Agency of Nigeria on current election news. Following are the main political parties this year: 

  • African Democratic Party
  • Allied People’s Movement
  • Labour Party
  • New Nigeria People’s Party
  • National Rescue Movement
  • All Progressives Congress
  • People’s Democratic Party
  • African Action Congress
  • Zenith Labour Party

Most of these are just minor parties that combine to gain some seats in the Senate or House of Representatives. The largest parties currently in Nigeria are the All Progressive Congress (APC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and All Progressive’s Grand Alliance (APGA). 

One of these is not contesting elections this time in Lagos. There is more than 21% of the urban population that supports APC. This party is also the one most famous among the Nigerian youth. The People’s Democratic Party is also a major player in Nigerian politics. 

The art has more than 16% of Nigeria’s urban supporters. The urban population largely decides the vote of the entire country and is largely responsible for choosing a president for the country. All Progressive’s Grand Alliance (APGA) is a major political party. 

It owns many NGOs throughout the country and is famous for its social work. However, this party is no longer standing in the elections. 

Nigerian political Unpredictability

If we take a closer look at Nigerian politics since 2019 and before, things have been unpredictable. The People’s Democratic Party won every campaign from 1999 to 2011. 

This was due to the center-right policies of the party. It still holds on to these views but isn’t campaigning with that perspective. Currently, it controls 14 states in Nigeria. 

Moreover, the All Progressives Congress was the major rival and opposition of the PDP. The party was relatively new and was formed in 2013. It first contested for the 2015 elections but didn’t have a strong ground until 2019. 

The party won elections in 2019 and many seats in the House of Representatives and Senate. This win was a major achievement of the APC. Another party that Lagos is likely to vote for this time is the African Democratic Congress (ADC). 

This party is also involved in most social work around old Lagos. The headquarters of ADC are in Abuja. 


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