Results from the 2023 national elections (Presidential and House of Assembly) held on February 25, 2023, have finally started coming. 

While we’re still holding our breath for who Nigeria’s next president will be, for many constituencies around the country, winners of the House of Representatives seats are being announced. And the one clear thing is that an upset is happening around the country. 

What happened in Eti-Osa?

For the Eti-Osa constituency, Thaddeus Attah of the Labour Party, considered the underdog in the race for a seat in the House of Representatives, was declared the winner with 24,075 votes defeating Olubankole Wellington (Banky W) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who had 18,666 votes. 

He also defeated Babajide Obanikoro of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the son of former minister of state for defence, Musiliu Obanikoro with 16, 901 votes.

What do we know about Thaddeus Attah?

Maybe this is one of those times where if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. Thaddeus joined the race for the House of Representative seats under the Labour party three months before the elections. 

Unlike his co-aspirants, he is not a known repeat contender.

But before now, he was a businessman and an investor.

Photo credits: Twitter/ JT Attah Thaddeus/@_JtAttah

Not much exists about him on the internet, although there are claims he is known at the grassroots level.

Reactions to Thaddeus Attah’s win

Agents from PDP and APC have rejected the results with raised doubts over their authenticity. 

They claimed that voters were disenfranchised and some results weren’t uploaded on the BVAS

Nigerians on Twitter seem pleased with the result, some are especially happy that the victory came from a candidate belonging to the “third-force party”. Some also believe that even in other situations, Thaddeus would still defeat Banky W. 

For many people, this result gives them hope that their votes count and mean something.


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