The Lagos state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the police to arrest the governorship candidate of Labour Party (LP) in the state, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, over the statement he made on Saturday, about the elections, IGBERETV reports.
In his reaction to several incidents of violence recorded in some parts of the state, Gbadebo expressed displeasure over the election, stating that “if tonight, Lagos catches fire, it is not our fault.”
Reacting to the comment, the APC in a statement released by its publicity Secretary, Seye Oladejo, cautioned Rhodes-Vivour and asked the police to arrest him if Lagos boils.
Below is the statement.
The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a statement made by Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate Gbadebo Chinedu Rhodes-Vivour on today’s elections.
He accuses the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police of “provoking Lagosians” and warning that “if tonight Lagos catches fire, it is not our fault”. He says “a lot of places are still under attack by thugs and hooligans of the APC”.
This scaremongering is typical of bad losers who lack the spirit of sportsmanship.
The security agencies should note Mr Rhodes-Vivour’s threat to set Lagos on fire as his predilection for violence and warmongering is well known to Nigerians. Should there be any breakdown of law and order in any part of our state, law enforcement agencies should know who to grab – Mr Rhodes-Vivour.
We are compiling reports of how APC supporters were harassed and attacked today. Some of the reports are really scary.
Now the LP candidate is playing the victim. This old trick won’t work; discerning Lagosians know they are all lies deployed to attract sympathy. Our party has no need to be violent because we are sure of the glittering credentials of our candidate Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu who will never be associated with violence.
We advise LP and its candidate to embrace peace instead of threatening to bring down the roof on everybody. It won’t work.