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INEC Declares APC’s Babajide Sanwo-Olu Winner Of Lagos State Governorship Election

As expected, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been declared the winner of the Lagos State governorship election. This is the second time the party will be winning the governorship election in the state since its formation in 2013.

The anointed candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who ran on the platform of the ruling party scored 739,445 votes to defeat PDP's candidate, Jimi Agbaje. The governor-elect also won in all the local government areas in the state. Jimi Agbaje of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) came second with 206,141 votes, according to official results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC).

Already, the incumbent and outgoing governor, Akinwumi Ambode and the PDP candidate has congratulated the winner of the gubernatorial race. Mr Sanwo-Olu in a tweet on Sunday hinted that Mr Agbaje called and congratulated him for his victory at the poll.

In his words;

“At exactly 19: 07 I received a call. Thank you @Jimiagbaje for your congratulatory call filled with kind words,” he tweeted through his handle, @jidesanwoolu. “It was an intense campaign and I am happy we can now focus on the very important job at hand. Delivering a Lagos that works for all,” the governor-elect added.

On his part, Mr Ambode who was defeated at the APC state primary by Sanwo-Olu also congratulated the winner.

“Hearty congratulations to the Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu and the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat,” the outgoing governor tweeted Sunday evening. “This is a victory for continuity in governance, victory for the APC and victory for all Lagosians. I wish them a successful term in office,” he added.

On the other hand, PDP's candidate, Jimi Agbaje blamed his loss of the election on voters apathy. In an interview with PUNCH shortly after the result of the governorship election was announced, Jimi Agbaje who lamented the low voter turnout in Lagos State, said it was less than 20 per cent of the total number of persons that collected Permanent Voter Cards. 

He further said that  threats, coupled with the manner in which the presidential election was conducted, led to the voter apathy witnessed in the nation’s commercial nerve centre. He also disclosed that he lost the Lagos Governorship election as many of his supporters were intimidated, and even threatened with eviction and sack if the PDP won in their areas. He added that rather than risk their lives and their livelihood, the people decided to sit at home which gave his opponent the upper hand.

In Jimi's words;

“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.”

“It is not good for our democracy when only about 20 per cent come out to vote. There was voter apathy because of the event that happened during the presidential election.”

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