Lagos APC Is Surprised that LP’s Rhodes-Vivour Has Not Been Invited For Questioning
The face-off between the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos and the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, is becoming more intense as the APC wondered why law enforcement agencies are yet to invite the LP candidate for questioning.
Naija News recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the incumbent governor of Lagos state Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC the winner of the March 18 governorship election ahead of Rhodes-Vivour.
However, the Labour Party governorship candidate has continued to insist that he won the election, giving a variety of analysis on social media to prove his point.
In reaction to Rhodes-Vivour’s continuous criticism of the March 18 governorship election, the APC issued a statement on Thursday accusing the governorship candidate of making inciting statements.
In the statement issued by the Lagos state APC Publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo, the ruling party urged Rhodes-Vivour to apologize to Lagosians for assaulting their sensibility. The party also urged him to go to court if he is unpleased with the outcome of the election.
The statement read in part: “Our attention has been drawn to the latest of the now familiar vituperations from the stable of the defeated Lagos state Labour Party gubernatorial candidate, Chinedu Rhodes-Vivour.
“It’s baffling that rather than tender profuse apologies to Lagosians whose sensibilities he assaulted in the months leading to the elections by campaigning on unpretentious hate, religious bigotry, and tribal rhetorics, he has refused to be sober and still has the effrontery to play the victim.
‘It’s baffling that the law enforcement agencies have not invited him for questioning for his incitement and call for anarchy because he lost an election.
“We found it amazing that his understanding of justice and fairness is when he wins an election by merely leveraging on opportunism and unsustainable spur of the moment.
“During the electioneering campaign, Lagosians labored in vain to identify his selling points, pedigree, and the substance of his manifestos.
“The reality remains that a campaign based on blind, uninformed, and bitter criticism of the ruling party without a credible alternative could only fail.
“He failed to discern the political sophistication of the largely civilized Lagos voters who were able to successfully draw a line between political choices, religious beliefs, and tribal sentiments which were the kernels of Chinedu’s campaign.
“It’s now clear to all and sundry that his interpretation of free and fair elections is only when he wins. This is consistent with the position of his principal, Peter Obi, who has successfully hypnotized his minority followers.
“It was convenient to ignore incidents of violent attacks and killings of the APC supporters across the state and play the victim by allegedly visiting unidentifiable and unverifiable patients.
“For Chinedu, his healing process should start by tendering unreserved apologies to all Lagosians for his attempt to desecrate the land, needless bloodletting, unprovoked insults to the ancestors, and an attempted civilian coup by claiming victory like his principal after being roundly defeated.
“We may, however, understand your plight for misunderstanding the religious rites that has being a periodical ceremony to ensure peace and harmony in our dear state after all you do not ‘ think in Yoruba.
“We chose to ignore his disrespect and disdain for traditional rulers and institutions by his utterances and postures.
“Your apprehension about free and fair elections under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Presidency shows Chinedu as a poor student of history.
“By voting Tinubu, Nigerians have opted for a prepared Presidency that can only usher in an unprecedented development, peace, and the restoration of our place of pride in the comity of nations.
“Perhaps we need to wake you up to the reality that the elections are over. True Lagosians will not appreciate further distractions from you as Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu focuses on finishing strong and preparing for a greater Lagos in the next dispensation.
“You may, however, wish to approach the courts and put a stop to this immature grandstanding.”