LEGISREPORTS NG – The Presidential and National Assembly elections held on March 28, has gone down as a defining moment in the democratic development of the Nigerian state.
It would have been a mirage before now to think an incumbent president could be unseated in an election given out past experiences with elections in Nigeria.
We have seen Governors loosing senatorial seats to relatively unknown politicians, as is the case in Benue. We have seen three and four term senators loose seat to new entrants.
However, a new precedent was set in Lagos when a non-indigene won a federal constituency seat in Lagos.
Lagos, the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria draws people from all ethnic, tribal and religious backgrounds.
The emergence of Chief Oghene Egoh as House of Representative members elect for Amuwo Odofin federal constituency, has been described a milestone achievement. It is also an indicator to the deepening of Nigeria’s democracy, in a country where the electorate hitherto voted based on ethnic and tribal sentiments.
Egoh of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled a total of 29, 761 votes to defeat the incumbent, Ganiyu Olukolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who scored 20,616 votes.
Egoh explained that he started preparation two years ago, and carried out massive door to door campaign in the constituency.
He attributed his success to hardwork, focus and his experience of being a politician and promised to attract infrastructure development to the state.
” in this particular constituency, the biggest problem we have is the decay of our infrastructure, there is no water, sewage system is bad, and there are no playing grounds” .
Chief Oghene Edoh is an indigene of Delta state and had served two terms as councillor in Amuwo odofin and Ojo Local Government Areas.
This report was prepared by our political editor