Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agabje, has warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) that his party would resist any violence in the March 9 governorship election.
Agbaje, in a series of videos posted on his verified Twitter handle on Friday, condemned the violence reported at several polling units across the state during the presidential and National Assembly elections last Saturday.
He said he had visited some areas affected by voter suppression and violence, adding that it was understandable why some Lagosians were disappointed, angry or afraid.
The PDP candidate, however, stated that when good people did nothing, evil prevailed.
He said, “Undoubtedly, what played out last weekend was a clear violation of the social contract between the government and its citizens. Every Nigerian has a fundamental right to life, civil liberties and right to vote among other things.
“So, when you have a situation where thousands of people are put in harm’s way just because they choose to exercise this right while the government turns a blind eye, it has broken that contract.
“Last week, the oppression was at the polling station. This week, businesses were threatened. Tomorrow, God forbid, it could extend to our homes. The only way for us to stop this tyranny is to vote out the tyrants.”
Agbaje commended Lagosians who, according to him, took the time and effort and made sacrifices to ensure that their votes counted, adding that sitting the coming election out was not an option.
He explained that he knew how painful and frustrating it felt to go the extra mile, sometimes without any assurance of the desired outcome.
However, he noted that freedom did not come easy, adding that real victory required perseverance and determination.