The PDP governorship candidate in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has lamented the low turnout in today’s governorship election, attributing it to voter apathy, especially because of what transpired during the Saturday, February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
Agbaje spoke this morning at his polling unit, PU 004, Ward A, Hinderea Road, Liverpool, Apapa, Lagos, after casting his vote with his wife. This was at exactly 10.47am, and after a couple of attempts with the card reader to capture his fingerprint.
Said the renowned pharmacist, while interacting with press men afterwards: “When you don’t have a good turn-out, there are many factors that could account for it. In the case of Lagos today, it could be as a result of what happened in the last election, in terms of intimidation, thuggery, ballot box snatching, violence; that could have affected it.”
Continuing, he explained that there could be “deeper issues”. Especially “if the people do not believe in the process; then they ask themselves why bother? It’s a chicken and egg situation and we must continue to appeal to the people that they must believe in the process and exercise their rights.”
On the voting process, he said: “Today, fortunately, after several attempts, the card reader was able to identify my fingerprint.”
On his chances of winning, he said: “I have no doubt about that; all I need is that there is no violence, ballot box snatching, ballot papers burning and we do not have the kind of intimidation that we had in last election. The numbers are on our side and we have no cause to fear.”