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General News of Monday, 20 March 2023


'I am the real winner of Lagos governorship election' - LP's Rhodes-Vivour declares

Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour

The Labour Party Candidate in the Lagos State governorship election, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour has declared that he is the winner of the election, and not Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) earlier declared that, Sanwo-Olu who contested on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, won in 19 Local Government Areas with a total of 762,134 votes in the election.

Gbadebo who was the runner-up won in two LGAs, with a total of 312,329 votes in the election.

However, Gbadebo stated on Sunday, March 19, 2023 via his Twitter page that he was the real winner of the election, and that the election was not free and fair.

He wrote: “Firstly, I would like to thank all Lagosians, especially our supporters, for coming out to vote yesterday for us. I’m convinced that with you in our corner, a NEW Nigeria is imminent.

“However, I am saddened by the confirmed reports of violence and gross disenfranchisement of voters who only wished to perform their civic duty.

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“Attacks on polling units, voters, and our party agents are totally antithetical to what we stand for & what Lagos truly represents.

“Collusion between the ruling party and electoral officials to return the candidate of the APC is a slap on the face of democracy and everyone who came out to vote for us on Saturday.

“In the light of this, I am convinced beyond any doubt that the results being released by INEC do not represent the wishes of majority of peaceful Lagosians.

“More so the results from our field agents and situation room indicated that we won this election. I am a champion of the people. We are far from done. Do not lose hope, do not waver.

“This is not over, we have not come this far to accept outright lies, criminality & falsehoods. A fight for FREEDOM is never easily won.”

“Every vote cast for me was done in the face of intimidation and risk of personal harm. Every such vote must count. Defending every one of those votes is a sacred duty. I will defend your votes – this is my vow to every LP voter.”