Why I Lost the Lagos Governorship Election — Agbaje Reveals

Jimi Agbaje made this known when results of the governorship election were announced.

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The Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has revealed the reason he lost to the All Progressive Congress candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The politician has attributed his defeat at the poll to the suppression of votes in areas where he was strong.

Jimi Agbaje made this known when results of the governorship election were 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’s apathy would continue as long as people still hold the belive that their votes would not count.

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