By Samuel Ogundipe
Jimi Agbaje, the gubernatorial candiate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, has said that the low voter turnout in various parts of the state is due to fear of intimidation.
Agbaje, a career pharmacist-turned politician, cast his ballot at Calcutta Crescent in Apapa.
“There’s a fear because there are reports of intimidation of voters across the state. People are being scared from coming out to vote, so that may affect,” he said.
“There is voter apathy, but I think it’s more of disenfranchisement rather than the apathy. People want to come out to vote but they feel a bit intimidated, saying they will be beaten or harmed. But I still believe that all things being equal, we will get the votes that we need to win this election.”
Mr. Agbaje said that he is optimistic of victory “even before casting his vote.”
“I believe that all things being equal victory will be ours,” he said.
“Going out there the people are on our side. We believe that the challenge is how to ensure that the votes count, in order words, how to secure those votes at the polling units. The polls are very clearly in our favour.”