A polling agent of the Labour Party, LP, has been shut dead in Apapa area of Lagos State while on duty.
The LP’s Governorship candidate in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has confirmed this.
According to Gbadebo, the unnamed agent was killed in the Apapa area of the state by thugs suspected to be members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
“From all over Lagos, we are getting reports of voters’ intimidation, voters’ suppression In Apapa, one of our agents was shot and he is dead. And the worrying part is that INEC and the police have shown to be complicit in this,” he said.
Gbadebo is challenging Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC and Abdul-Azeez Adediran, popularly known as Jandor, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the Lagos State governorship office.
The election was expected to be keenly contested following the victory of Labour Party in Lagos state in the presidential election.
Before the poll, the APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, who is dubbed the “City Boy” in reference to his grip on the politics of the state, had never lost in Lagos.
The election in Lagos state has been grossly marred by violence, intimidation of voters , late arrival of electoral materials and low turnout of voters.
For instance, thugs carrying weapons at some point took over Maza-Maza and other Igbo dominated areas of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area of Lagos, threatening people not to come out to vote unless they will cast their ballot for the ruling APC.
Because of this, a lot of people that came out for the election have returned to their houses, to safeguard their lives.
In Ago Palace area of Amuwo Odofin ,there was also reported cases of voters suppression and ballot box snatching.
There, a thug trying to run away with ballot box was shut dead by the armed military officer.