Gbadebo Vivour-Rhodes, the candidate of the Labour Party in the just-concluded Lagos State gubernatorial election, has rejected the results declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He contested the outcome of the election, which was won by the incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, by over 400,000 votes, citing electoral malpractices as the reason for his rejection.
In a series of tweets, Gbadebo expressed his appreciation to his supporters and called for calm, stating that the electoral process was marred by violence and the gross disenfranchisement of voters during the electioneering process.
He further alleged that there was collusion between the electoral officials and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to secure the victory of their candidate, which he believes undermines the state’s democracy.
Gbadebo also stated that the results released by INEC do not reflect the wishes of the majority of peaceful Lagosians. He claimed that his field agents and situation room reports indicate that he won the election. However, he assured his supporters that he will continue the fight for freedom, emphasizing that freedom never comes easily.
The allegations of electoral malpractices and violence during the Lagos State gubernatorial election have raised concerns among many Nigerians, with some calling for a thorough investigation into the matter. The INEC has not responded to Gbadebo’s allegations, but it is expected that the electoral body will release a statement on the matter soon.
Overall, the rejection of the election results by Gbadebo Vivour-Rhodes highlights the need for a transparent, free, and fair electoral process in Nigeria. It also underscores the importance of upholding the principles of democracy, which includes respecting the will of the people and ensuring that their votes count.