April 11, 2015 – Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola today said he is optimistic that his party the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win the governorship and House of Assembly elections in the state.
Fashola who was speaking after voting with his wife Abimbola Fashola and his son Ademola at his polling unit at State Senior Grammar School, Itolo said the insinuation that there is voter’s apathy may not be right.
He said conclusion can only be drawn about voters turnout can only be made after voting and counting of votes but that he is optimistic of victory.
“By scientific measures, what percentage of people actually came out to accredit themselves, how many people came back to vote after accreditation, and that will only be possible to know after the votes are counted.
“It is then that you will be able to measure how many people voted, how many people came for accreditation, how many people were registered and how many people collected PVC. So, all of these questions to my view are a little premature as far as turnout is concerned.”
The governor added that reports at his disposal indicated that INEC officials and materials for election arrived at many polling units and points on time, just as accreditation went smoothly.
“I also found out that there are reports – I don’t know how wide spread they are, that INEC officials and their materials got to where they should get to. Its again perhaps early to make conclusions. Conclusions can only be made on facts and after assessing the facts in a whole.
“If that is the case, it is then possible that in those areas where INEC got there on time that people may have accredited long before you and I came. Perhaps since we are used to long queues that we did not see in those places we then disposed to jumping into conclusion that people did not come out.
“Last week when I came here, the queue was as long as to the gate but don’t forget that I came later than I did today. So, I assume many people have been accredited before I got here.”