Jimi Agbaje opens up on why he lost Lagos guber election

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Gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Saturday March 9 governorship election in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has explained that he lost the election due to low turnout of voters.

Sanwo-Olu was on Sunday declared as winner of the March 9 Lagos State governorship poll.

The State Returning Officer, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, while announcing the results, said the APC candidate polled 739,445 votes to defeat his closest opposition, Mr Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who scored 206,141 votes.

Agbaje, in an interview with The Punch newspaper after he lost the election to Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress, with a margin of 533,304 votes, said the APC orchestrated the apathy and should be held accountable.

Although Agbaje has congratulated Sanwo-Olu on his victory at the poll, he also asserted that the rate of violence and how the presidential election was rigged with figures written for the APC all contributed to why the governorship and state house of assembly elections in Lagos recorded very low turnout.

He 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.

“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.”

The PDP gubernatorial candidate lamented that 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.

Agbaje said, “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.”

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

When asked if he would be challenging the outcome of the election in court, the governorship candidate said he would refrain from making comments for now.

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