The Peoples’ Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agbaje, has said that the low voter turnout in various parts of the state is due to intimidation.
Mr. Agbaje spoke after casting his vote near his home 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,” Mr. Agbaje 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 was 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.
“But then we fear, because it’s a process, that in the course of this electoral process the issue of how the polling unit is handled, collation is done, that’s very important and vital for us.”