Lagos 2023: The Labor Party submitted my name to the CENI – Rhodes-Vivour

Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivourwho defected to Labor last month after losing the PDP primaries, said his paperwork had been submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The 39-year-old became the party’s gubernatorial candidate in August in a surrogate primary election in Lagos.

He spoke as a guest on the Arise TV Morning Show on Monday. He said that INEC officials were present at the alternate primary and that “INEC officials will not attend an alternate primary if the person in it has not been removed.

“There are processes that the party went through to create this surrogate primary which is tracked and approved by the INEC. And my name, as you said, was submitted to INEC as a party candidate.

He added that his candidacy was given credibility when the national leaders of the party came to Lagos to present him with a certificate of return.

When contacted, INEC spokesperson Festus Okoye did not respond to calls or text messages at press time.

‘Placeholder’

The purported replacement, Ifagbemi Awamaridi, refused to withdraw his candidacy despite national leaders publicly supporting the replacement candidate.

In an affidavit of non-withdrawal, the beleaguered candidate insisted he would not withdraw.

Mr Rhodes-Vivour said the party was using Mr Awamaridi as a placeholder because it wanted a “credible” candidate to “come and use its platform”.

He also said that “these placeholders do not pay the premiums that candidates paid for these nomination forms.

“You also see these placeholders signing withdrawal letters before their names are submitted.”

He added that the party had not received any petitions from Mr. Awamaridi.

“My program for Lagos”

Mr Rhodes-Vivour said his main goal was “to imbue transparency and accountability into our system” as the state “still operates in a very opaque system when it comes to its finances”.

“Lagos State is proud to have generated so much money from the people of Lagos State, and that should go with the social contract,” he said.

“There must be a direct link between the taxes they pay and the value they get from the state.

“It can’t be a situation where people are taxed in multiple ways, but there is no direct benefit that you see yourself as a resident of Lagos State.”

He also said that he will ensure that the transport system, education and the health sector are working effectively to serve the people of Lagos.


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