It came to many as a surprise when it was announced that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo lost at his polling unit at Victoria Garden City, Lagos State.

The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, has however offered a reason for the loss.

He said the vice-president lost because he was the victim of an elite conspiracy and tribalism.

Apart from winning at Osinbajo’s polling unit, the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, won the entire Eti Osa Local Government where VGC is situated.

Ojudu, who accompanied Osinbajo on many of his campaigns, including the ‘TraderMoni’ distribution, said this in a piece titled, The Battle Osinbajo Couldn’t Win.

He wrote, “In a period of two months, he must have visited VGC more than 15 times.

“Town hall meeting here, parlour meeting there and street walk there. He met with professionals and engaged resident associations, just as he spoke with people of faith.

“At the end of the elections, they still did not let him deliver his unit.

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“I have received many calls and text messages asking what happened? It is not far-fetched. It is a combination of ethnicity, elite mentality and living in the midst of people who the policies of the administration do not favour.

“As we held those meetings, I saw it coming and remarked to colleagues that coming to VGC and appealing to the voters there may be a waste of time. I could see it in their utterances, in their body language.”

The President’s aide said many of the residents of VGC who voted against Osinbajo had complained during some town hall meetings that the Vice-President failed to help them tackle the challenge of flooding in the estate or build a stadium for them.

The ex-lawmaker said some of the persons who complained comprised importers who had lost money due to the curbing of importation by the Buhari government.

He said many even went as far as insulting the Vice-President, but Osinbajo remained undeterred and continued to campaign.