Lagos 2023: More Election Drama as Petition Calls for Disqualification of Rhodes-Vivour Over IPOB Link

Lagos 2023: More Election Drama as Petition Calls for Disqualification of Rhodes-Vivour Over IPOB Link

  • Less than 24 hours to the guber polls in Lagos state, the Labour Party candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has been caught up in a serious controversy
  • The 40-year-old politician is accused of having links with the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu
  • This development prompted the Omoluabi Coalition Group to call for his immediate arrest and disqualification from the governorship race

The Omoluabi Coalition Group has called for the disqualification of the Labour Party's gubernatorial bannerman, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, over his alleged link to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

According to a petition made available to on Thursday, March 16 and addressed to the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Lagos command Zone 2, Onikan Lagos, the director general of the coalition, Tunji Balogun, called for the immediate investigation of Rhodes-Vivour.

GRV, Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB
The coalition called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour for alleged links with IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu. Photo: Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, Nnamdi Kanu
Source: Facebook

As contained in the petition, Balogun called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to also immediately disqualify the Labour Party bannerman for his alleged confession in a live broadcast television interview making the rounds on social media of having direct operational links with IPOB.

The petition reads:

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“It was crystal clear to see Mr Chinedu Rhodes Vivour in a live video admitting his participation in the most heinous and notorious dastard crime, a similar nefarious criminality perpetrated by the House of Representatives Leader, Hon. Doguwa in Kano State who had earlier threatened to kill if not elected.
“And regrettably, he eventually manifested, burnt alive and killed innocent Nigerians during that last 25th of February Presidential and National Assembly Elections, a similar scenario is already breading in Lagos State as a result of the Akere Market burning in Olodi Apapa, which he Patrick Rhodes Vivour quickly donated huge amount of money early hours of the conscripted crime, a mission we see to be symptoms of IPOB-ESN trademarks of sorrows, tears and blood."

The petition further called for the arrest and prosecution of the Labour Party candidate for allegedly contravening the statutory stipulation of the Nigerian constitution.

As contained in the petition, the Labour Party bannerman was also accused of using false narratives to propagate ethnic tension in Lagos state as his campaign focal point.

The petition says:

“We are further confounded and disappointed in Rhodes-Vivour’s brandishing of his ethnic bigotry as a bait of tumultuous attacks rather than embark on his Governorship campaign in order to cause crises and ethnic tensions via gaining negative media uproar and sympathy."

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Meanwhile, controversial chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Femi Fani-Kayode, has unleashed his wrath on Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour.

In his latest article, the former aviation minister accused the Labour Party candidate of plotting to end the Yoruba tradition in Lagos.

He further insisted that Lagos state belongs to the Yoruba people and nothing can change it.

Rhodes Vivour: Fact Emerges on Certificate Forgery Case Against LP Guber Candidate in Lagos

In another development, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has confirmed that Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the Labour Party governorship candidate in Lagos, is a varsity graduate.

The university said the governorship hopeful obtained a master's degree after attending its programme between 2005 and 2008.

The US varsity made this known while reacting to a viral email on social media that Rhodes-Vivour forged the institution's certificate.


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