The Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party , Jimi Agabje , has challenged the ruling All Progressives Congress to be prepared for resistance in the event of violence in the March 9 governorship election .
Agbaje , in a series of videos posted on his verified Twitter account on Friday , decried the violence reported at several polling units across the state during the presidential and National Assembly elections last Saturday.
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.
He, however , 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 .
While addressing 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 . ”