Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour Bags Afenifere Endorsement
The Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour has bagged an endorsement from the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere.
The group in Lagos declared its support for Rhodes-Vivour ahead of the March 11 governorship election in the state.
Naija News gathered that the Afenifere leader in the state, Supo Shonibare, at a press conference on Wednesday in Lagos, made the pronouncement.
Shonibare explained that the election is not supposed to be a tribal war but about ideas, adding that Lagos residents should ignore provocative posts on social media because the propagators of such posts want to pitch Yorubas against the Igbos.
Shonibare assured Lagosians that Rhodes-Vivour if elected as governor of Lagos, will form an all-inclusive government that will provide an enabling environment for all ethnic nationalities.
He submitted that “We have been inundated by various posts and some royal fathers complicit in engaging in partisan politics. We must advise our royal fathers that the function of royal fathers is that they are fathers to both the government in power and the opposition. They are not expected to be partisan
“They are some posts last week of some royal fathers intimidating those who want to vote and compelling them not to vote for the Labour Party, I will advise them to retract from taking such an attitude because there will be consequences for royal fathers who show partisanship in engaging the polity.
“We implore Lagos residents to ignore provocative posts on social media mainly enabled by agent provocateurs aimed at fanning the embers of disunity among the peace-loving residents and intended to pitch Yorubas against Igbos.
“Igbos voted for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the South-East the same way many Yorubas decided to vote for Mr Peter Obi in Lagos and other states in the South-West. The issue that we are confronting is not a contest between Igbos and Yourubas; it is a contest of ideas, it is a contest of those who think we are at a stage where we need a change in the polity.
“The false narrative of Lagos being taken over by Igbos is a false narrative. Mr Gbadebo is a Yoruba man. Lagos is not a no man’s land, it’s a Yoruba territory.
“We assure Lagosians that the government of Rhodes-Vivour will comprise indigenous Lagosians as well as provide and ensure that all ethnic nationalities are afforded their basic rights to ensure that they contribute to the continued growth of the city of Lagos that is the 5th largest economy in Africa.”