(PHOTOS) #LagosDecides2019: Jimi Agbaje Votes, Blames Irregularities For Poor Turn Out
The governorship candidate of the PDP, Jimi Agbaje has cast his vote in Apapa area of Lagos state.
Agbaje says he had some challenges with the card reader before he was able to cast his vote.
He described the process as slow but asked Lagosians to be patient and come out to cast their ballot.
Speaking on poor voter turn out within and outside the Lagos metropolis, Agbaje blamed irregularities recorded during the presidential poll as the primary cause.
"We have quite a number of units that are not taking off yet as at the time I am speaking to you.
"Number two, we shouldn't have this confusion about card readers. We have this situation in polling units where the card reader is not working they say that people cannot cast their votes.
"Today, fortunately after several attempts, the card reader identified ny finger print.
"What I am saying is that it has to be a uniformed process. If the card reader is not working, would manual voting be allowed? If it is not going to be allowed then what is the process? Are you going to disenfranchise people from voting?
"We hope that as the day goes by, more people will come out to vote. It is important that we tell Lagos(ians) that they should come out and vote.
"It should be a concern to all those interested in developing our democracy. The citizens must be part and parcel of the democratic process. The people have to know that their voice counts.
"In the case of Lagos today, the low turn out could be as a result of the challenges and shortcomings recorded at the last election.
"In terms of intimidation, in terms of thuggery, ballot box snatching, violence, that could have affected it but there are deeper issues.
"If the people do not believe in the process, then they ask themselves why bother?".