Why I Lost: Low Voters Turn-out - Jimi Agbaje

In Politics 2019-03-11 16:26:34
Why I Lost: Low Voters Turn-out  - Jimi Agbaje
Why I Lost: Low Voters Turn-out - Jimi Agbaje

He has since congratulated Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his victory.

Granting an interview with the Punch newspapers, Jimi Agbaje, who ran for the governorship race from the stable of Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) said that he would have won the gubernatorial election in Lagos if it were not for voters apathy.


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."


Agbaje, in the interview said 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.


He congratulated Sanwo-Olu on his victory while at the same time also asserting that the rate of violence and the rigging of the presidential election with figures written for the APC all contributed to reasons why the governorship and state house of assembly elections in Lagos recorded very low turnout.


According to Agbaje: "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.”


Analysts on the other hand said the reason behond Agbaje's loss included his lack of zest to promote his party and that he didn't campaign vigorously like his opponent did. 

 

He has since conceded defeat and congratulated Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his victory.