The gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, had attributed his defeat in the just concluded election to the suppression of votes in areas where he was strong.
Jimi Agbaje 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.”
Jimi 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
He claimed many of his supporters were intimidated and threatened with eviction if the Peoples Democratic Party won in their areas.
He said rather than risk their lives and source of livelihood, they decided to sit at and watch how his opponent was given the lead.
Jimi Agbaje 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.”
When questioned on his decision to challenge the outcome of the election in court, Jimi said he would refrain from making any comments now.