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Friday, February 1, 2019

Election 2019: Jimi Agbaje Attacked In Lagos State

A campaign vehicle of the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimi Agbaje, in Lagos was attacked on Thursday, leaving several people injured.

The attack is believed to have been perpetrated by the supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The incident occurred after Mr Agbaje had visited the palace of the traditional ruler of Iba, Goriola Oseni, in Ojo Local Government Area of the state.

Vehicles of about a dozen in Agbaje’s convoy were attacked and damaged, although the candidate himself Mr Agbje escaped unhurt. Several supporters sustained injuries and were left bleeding after being stabbed, some supporters lost valuables such as phones and cash belongings. Those that escaped were chased with guns, knives, machetes and other assault weapon.

Mr Agbaje who spoke bitterly after the incident, said: 
Elections are about choice; it is about democracy,” 
“There is so much intolerance on the part of ruling party to having people choose their preferred candidates.”

The Publicity Secretary of the ruling party Mr Igbokwe,  insisted that he is not aware of the incident.

We went to do our mega rally today in Ikorodu and almost all the leaders of our party were there and our supporters, so who were those boys that attacked them? We have not sent anyone to go and fight for us,” 

“When our own supporters disrupted our campaign, did we say it was PDP? We went on air and said these are our party members. They should learn from us.”

Mr Igbokwe said there was no need for his party supporters to be violent or intolerant because they are “winning the election hands down.”

Even if it is true that it was APC supporters that attacked them, we condemn it in the strongest terms. But I don’t think it is true. Some people are doing this to get at APC.”

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