BATTLEGROUND STATES IN 2019 ELECTIONS (OGUN STATE) | Bulletin Thirteen

Battleground states as captured here are the states that historically have turned out high registered voters and have consistently given block votes to a preferred candidate in every given election. Comparing 2019 voter registration data with that of previous election years indicates that battleground states have been largely consistent in topping voter registration.

Ogun State is one of the battleground states, having a population of registered voters of 1,709,409 in the 2015 general elections with a turnout of up to 46%, higher than the national average of voter turnout. For the ruling party, the APC, Ogun state must be won because of the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who hails from Ogun State. On the other hand, Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, also has the significant support of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. Indeed, Ogun State is home to some of Nigeria’s key political figures in history: Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Ernest Shonekan, MKO Abiola, Olusegun Obasanjo among others. These have significantly influenced politics in the state.

 

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