Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in Lagos State, Jimi Agabje, has warned the All Progressives (APC) Congress that they will resist any violence in the March 9 governorship election.
Agbaje, in a series of videos posted on his verified Twitter account 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.
“Contrary to how you might feel, victory is at hand. It is important that we all begin to take responsibility for the direction of this state. Considering all the areas where voters were suppressed, where ballot boxes where snatched and ballot sheets burnt, there is no doubt that Lagos is ours for the taking,” the PDP candidate said.
Focusing attention to the APC, Agbaje stated that every Lagosian had a right to an open and accountable government that would respect individual and collective fundamental rights to life and liberties.
He said, “To the ruling party, we come in peace. But let me be clear, if your expression is fear and violence, you will be shocked that we will resist and prevail. Coercion won’t work. Fear won’t work. Threats won’t work. Trust your mandate if you still have one.
“Let Lagosians have their say in peace. To everyone that has a stake in the commonwealth in the Lagos, irrespective of your tribe, political affiliation or religion, I say rise up. Rise up for Lagos. Use your vote. It’s your voice; it’s your right. See you at the polls.”