MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
As Nigerians eagerly await the result of the Presidential and National Assembly Elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) throughout the Federation on Saturday, it has become evident that many Nigerians are ready for a positive change.
Reports across the various states indicate that many registered voters were eager to exercise their franchise in spite of physical threats by political thugs in places like Lagos, Rivers and some other places.
Though results of the election are yet to be officially announced as voting is still extended to today (Sunday) in some states where voting could not take place or were inconclusive yesterday due to factors INEC has identified which prompted the extension,
results trickling in across the states as posted in the social media show that the Labour Party candidate, Mr. Peter Obi is having impressive outing contrary to the much taunted assertion that he did not have structure and stood no chance to win the election.
If the results from the various polling units (though yet to be authenticated by INEC) are anything to go by, it becomes obvious that Peter Obi is ahead of other Presidential candidates. Results of the National Assembly Elections in some states have shown also that Labour Party candidates are on the lead.
The unimaginable level of voter turn out in many polling units across the states (even though there were INEC lapses in some areas) showed a paradigm shift from recent general elections. The interest demonstrated by many voters in ensuring that they voted and were ready to defend their votes was unprecedented.
As Nigerians are eagerly awaiting results of the election, hope for a better Nigeria is increasingly on the horizon as Labour Party and its presidential candidate are getting a higher reckoning.