Afenifere Approves LP Candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivor 

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The pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, on Wednesday endorsed the candidacy of Lagos State Labor Party gubernatorial candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour.
The group’s state president, Supo Shonibare, said Rhodes-Vivour would make a big difference if elected as the state’s next governor.

Speaking at a news conference held in Lagos, Shonibare said the party’s victory in the recent presidential election was a testament to Afenifere’s principled stance on the need for equality, inclusion, fairness, and justice.

He also called on the Independent National Election Commission to ensure that the process of voting and uploading results through BVAS is transparent and real-time in the gubernatorial election scheduled for Saturday. , March 11.

“All Labor Party candidates for the Lagos State Parliament constituencies are considered natural colleagues for governor of Gbadebo. They also deserve our attention and votes. The teamwork enabled by this synergy will ensure results-driven management and years of disjointed governance in the State of Lagos.

Shonibare also called on local and international observers as well as voters to closely monitor the activities of security agencies and detect, where possible, violations wherever they occur.

However, he urged the residents of Lagos to ignore the false story of the Lagos takeover as he specifically noted that Lagos is not human land but Yoruba territory.

He said,

“We implore Lagos residents to ignore provocative posts on social media, many enabled by agent provocateurs, and aimed at fanning the embers of disunity among peace-loving residents and intended to pitch the Yorubas against Igbos. Igbos voted for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in states in the Southeast, in the same way, that many Yoruba elected to vote for Mr Peter Obi in Lagos and other states in the Southwest.

“Sitting here with us are members of the Committee of Indigenes of Lagos State who are supporting the Rhode- Vivour and Princess Oyefusi Governor and Deputy Governorship bid. We also have Mr Rhodes-Vivour Senior- the father of the candidate with us. We enjoin Lagosians to ignore the false, virulent, desperate attacks on the person of Mr Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour and the false narrative of Igbo taking over Lagos. Mr Gbadebo Rhodes- Vivour is a Yoruba man, with his great-grandfather being one of the indigenous founders of new Lagos, after colonialism. Lagos is not a no man’s land. It is a Yoruba territory.”

Shonibare added that Mr. Rhodes-Vivor’s government would include indigenous Lagos people while ensuring that all ethnic groups and foreigners residing in Lagos are provided with their basic rights to ensure that they all contribute to the continued growth of a city that is the fifth largest economy in Africa.

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