In response to alleged threats made by the Labour Party’s governorship flag-bearer, Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (GRV), during Saturday’s election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State has criticized his lack of sportsmanship.
During the gubernatorial elections, GRV had alleged that a party member of his was shot and killed. He called out APC and INEC to impose an order to avoid a reaction that may cause ‘Lagos to catch fire.’
According to a statement released on Saturday, the ruling party’s Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr. Seye Oladejo, expressed that the APC had no justification for violence.
“The attention of the APC has been drawn to a statement made by LP’s governorship candidate Mr Gbadebo Chinedu Rhodes-Vivour on Saturday’s elections.
“He accused INEC and the police of `provoking Lagosians’ and warning that `if tonight Lagos State catches fire, it is not our fault’. He says `a lot of places are still under attack by thugs and hooligans of the APC.
“This scaremongering is typical of bad losers who lack the spirit of sportsmanship,’’ Oladejo stated.
“Should there be any breakdown of law and order in any part of our state, law enforcement agencies should know who to grab – Mr Rhodes-Vivour,’’ he added.
Watch GRV’s speak below …
Labour Party Governorship candidate Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour says that an agent of the party was shot dead in Apapa Lagos state pic.twitter.com/HmhaxM4pWL
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Mr. Oladejo also mentioned that the APC is in the process of documenting reports of how its supporters were subjected to harassment and violence during the election, stating that some of the reports were particularly alarming.
“Now the LP candidate is playing the victim. This old trick won’t work; discerning Lagosians know they are all lies deployed to attract sympathy.
“Our party has no need to be violent because we are sure of the glittering credentials of our governorship candidate, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu who will never be associated with violence.
“We advise LP and its candidate to embrace peace instead of threatening to bring down the roof on everybody. It won’t work,’’ Oladejo stressed.