The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lost at its governorship candidate’s polling unit, Lagos Central, Apapa LGA,
PU 004 (Jimi Agbaje PU).
The House of Assembly election in the polling Unit: APC 73; PDP 66.
Agbaje, on Saturday, expressed concern over the low turnout of voters in the gubernatorial and state house of assembly elections in the state.Speaking with newsmen after voting at Polling unit 004, Ward A in Apapa, Agbaje said the development was not good for democracy.
According to him, democracy is all about participation and that polls outcomes would better reflect the wish of the people with high turnout.
Agbaje said residents did not turn out in their numbers owing security fears.
The PDP governorship candidate said that the Feb. 23 elections was characterised by violence in some parts of the state, hence voters did not want to experience same.
Agbaje added that the problem was due to poor belief in the electoral process by the electorate.
“The low turnout should concern those who want to advance the cause of democracy.
“Citizens should be part of the democratic process. They must want their voice and votes to count.
“So, when you don’t have a good turnout, there are many factors that could account for it.
“It could be as a result of what happened in the last election in terms thuggery, violence, ballot-snatching, that could have affected.
“But there are deeper issues. If people do not believe in the process, then they ask themselves, “Why bother?”
“So it is a chicken and egg situation, we just must continue to appeal to them to continue to exercise their civic responsibility,” he said.
Agbaje, who said that the card reader identified his fingerprints this time around, alleged that the device still malfunctioned in some polling units.
He said a situation where some people were accredited manually while others were made to use card readers was not good for the credibility of the polls.
The candidate said he was nevertheless optimistic of victory in the election if it was free and fair at the end of the day.
“I have no doubts about that (victory), if we do not have violence, harassment, and ballot-snatching and the kind of intimidation that we had last time.
“Once that is there, the number is on our side. We have no cause to fear,” he said.