The Governorship Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in Lagos, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has protested the harassment of voters in PDP’s traditional strongholds and the destruction of ballot papers and boxes by thugs under the pay and direction of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Agbaje commiserated with people injured, harassed, molested and deprived of their votes in many areas of Lagos State by APC hoodlums.
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the brazen destruction, disruption and havoc wreaked on the well-meaning and patriotic Lagosians trying to exercise their right to vote. There is no justifiable reason for this aggressive action by the thugs of APC, who eventually failed to discourage and frighten Lagosians from the polls,” Agbaje said.
Demanding security agents to subsequently protect voters and votes, he called on the police and other security forces to be loyal to the Constitution while appealing to the good people of the state to remain calm but vigilant.
In a statement by his Director of Media and Publicity, Felix Oboagwina, the PDP Candidate said the APC foot-soldiers must be immediately brought to book, and specifically called for the arrest of the likes of “Demola” and his team, known APC strongmen, caught on camera leading packs of thugs to harass voters and make bonfires of ballot papers and boxes.
Demola narrowly escaped death when citizens fought back against his gang who assaulted voters in the Okota area of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government during Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.
“APC is marshalling thugs to try and prevent the inevitable,” Agbaje said. “But Lagosians are determined to vote out of power Pharaoh and his army of corruption and impunity.”
Reports reaching the Jimi Agbaje Campaign Organisation (JACO) captured political thugs, armed with various assault weapons like guns, machetes, daggers, clubs, bottles, itching powder, charms and amulets, disrupting voting in Oshodi-Isolo, Ojo, Surulere, Amuwo Odofin, Ikeja, Ibeju-Lekki and Eti-Osa.
Agbaje urged police and security agencies not to treat the APC hoodlums as sacred cows, demanding that those already identified and those in police net must be brought before the law courts to pay for their crime.
The Electoral Act forbids disruption of voting, stipulating a two-year prison sentence for convicted offenders.
“Now more than ever, FREEDOM, through our collective votes, will give us liberty from 20 years of tyranny under a Pharaoh who has kept himself in power by force and through strong-arm tactics.” Agbaje said. “Why should we, as a state with 20 million people, be intimidated by some thugs and miscreants?”