‘Lagos is no longer the centre of excellence’ – Uche Maduagwu
The 2023 gubernatorial election has indeed left a mark on not only the hearts of Lagos residents but Nigeria at large.
According to reports and videos making rounds on social media, the gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections again saw a disturbing level of violence, voter oppression and suppression, disenfranchisement, and other irregularities, especially in Lagos state. The election was reportedly hijacked by political thugs to ensure that power remained with the ruling political party.
Wide reports have it that political thugs invaded different parts of the state to intimidate and stop people from voting. While in some parts of the state thugs allegedly stopped the Ndi Igbo from voting, in other parts, people were stopped no matter the tribe so long they are not voting for the All Progressive Party candidate and incumbent governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
With elections at 10 polling units in Lagos postponed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) due to several irregularities, celebrities took to their various individual pages to air their unfiltered views.
Falz condemned the voter’s oppression and violence, as well as the activities of the electoral body, INEC. In a series of tweets, he wrote:
“Biggest show of shame. Biggest fucking joke of a political process.
On the basis of which logic do you conclude that it’s okay to use force to get people to ‘vote’ for you ? All you supporters and enablers of this fuckery are even more despicable. You know better, but you are EVIL at heart You are VILE!
And @inecnigeria will still come and announce a winner abi?? You must be CLOWNS”.
Ace singer and songwriter Simi also took to the Bird app to express how tired she was of the electoral process. she simply wrote:
“Sigh. I just want out”.
Simi’s husband and Afropop superstar, Adekunle Gold, also took to the same app to vent on the insecurity that overtook the gubernatorial elections. He wrote:
“Na Citizens dey do the job of security agencies now. Mad!”
Controversial actor, Uche Maduagwu on the other hand said the elections have revealed to everyone that Lagos State no longer portrays its slogan ‘Centre of Excellency’ but rather a home for thuggery.
He wrote: “This 2023 governorship election has shown the world that Lagos is no longer the centre of excellency but now centre of thuggery. I wept bitterly after seeing how thugs chassed and fight innocent voters in broad day light, in my 30 years of living in Lagos, I have never seen this ugly incident. Shame on APC government”.
Other celebrities, like Ebuka, DO2dtun, and more, also poured out their hearts on the disappointment from the Lagos state gubernatorial election.