Monday, March 11, 2019

Why I Lost The Governorship Election - Jimi Agbaje

The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has attributed his defeat at the poll to the suppression of votes in areas where he was strong.

Agbaje said this during an exclusive interview with The Punch shortly after the result of the governorship election was announced.

The PDP candidate also lamented the low voter turnout in Lagos State which was less than 20 per cent of the total number of persons that collected Permanent Voter Cards.


He said the threats, coupled with the manner in which the presidential election was conducted, led to the voter apathy witnessed in the nation’s commercial nerve centre.

The PDP candidate said, “From the outset it was clear that the numbers were on our side and naturally, that was our comparable strength but the moment you had the numbers slashed, then we were at a disadvantage.

“The strategy of the other side was to make sure that those numbers did not come out to vote and to that extent it has worked in their favour.”

Agbaje said many of his supporters were intimidated and even threatened with eviction and sack if the PDP won in their areas.

He said rather than risk their lives and their livelihood, the people decided to sit at home which gave his opponent the upper hand.

The PDP candidate added, “It is not good for our democracy when only about 20 per cent come out to vote. There was voter apathy because of the event that happened during the presidential election.”

Agbaje said voter apathy would continue as long as people believed that their votes would not count.

6 comments:

  1. He knows he is not winning that's why he did not spend money much, sanwo's posters /banners are everywhere in Lagos

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  2. He's somehow right, a large number of people turned out for the presidential election but some lost their lives in the process of expressing their franchise, some polling units were even invaded by thugs. who would see all that and still want to risk his/her life again.... it's only God that can intervene in the matters of this country.

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  3. He's somehow right, a large number of people turned out for the presidential election but some lost their lives in the process of expressing their franchise, some polling units were even invaded by thugs. who would see all that and still want to risk his/her life again.... it's only God that can intervene in the matters of this country.

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