Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos State, has blamed his loss to suppression of votes in areas where he’s strong.
Agbaje also blamed his defeat on low voter turnout in the state, which was less than 20 per cent of the total number of persons that collected Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).
According to Agbaje, many of his supporters were intimidated and even threatened with eviction and sack if the PDP won in their areas. He said rather than risk their lives and their livelihood, the people decided to sit at home which gave his opponent the upper hand.
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.”
In a landslide victory, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), had declared Sanwo-Olu winner in the March 9, Governorship poll in Lagos.
Sanwo-olu defeated his closest rival, Agbaje, with a wide margin of 533,304 votes. INEC State Returning Officer, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede declared that having polled 739, 445 votes, Sanwo-Olu of the APC wins the Lagos guber election.
Agbaje of the PDP, polled 206,141 votes in a contest conducted across the 20 Local Government Areas of the state.