Blow for Rhodes-Vivour as Lagos Muslims Set Machinery in Motion for 2027, Details Emerge

Blow for Rhodes-Vivour as Lagos Muslims Set Machinery in Motion for 2027, Details Emerge

  • MURIC has said talent is not short among Muslims in Lagos state, thus they should be given the chance to lead Lagos in 2027
  • reports that MURIC said alliances are being formed ahead of the 2027 general elections, consequently, it would not sit idly by
  • In the spirit of justice, equity and fairness, MURIC stated that Lagosians and politicians should support the Muslim agenda journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering politics and elections in Nigeria.

Ikeja, Lagos state - A prominent Islamic advocacy group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has said Muslims in Lagos state are yearning for one of their own as governor come 2027.

In a statement sent to on Tuesday, evening April 16, 2024, the group's founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said any attempt to impose a Christian governor on Lagos for a third time "would be a violation of the rules of fairness, equity, inclusivity and participatory democracy".

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2027 Lagos state governorship election: MURIC makes pro-Muslim demand
MURIC agitates for Muslim governor in Lagos in 2027. Photo credits: @GRVLagosMedia, @IshaqAkintola
Source: Twitter

MURIC stressed that it is strongly opposed to anyone other than a Muslim becoming Lagos' next governor. The past two governors of the state have been Christians: Akinwunmi Ambode and Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

MURIC's statement partly reads:

"As Nigerian politicians settle down for governance around the country, plans are also being made for 2027. Already, new alliances are taking shape while profound pronouncements that serve the interest of different groups are being made.
"In order not to be caught unawares, Muslims of Lagos state are setting the machinery in motion to ensure that one of them, a fellow Muslim, emerges as governor in 2027." reports that MURIC's stance is a blow to Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party (LP) for Lagos state in the 2023 election.

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The 41-year-old finished runner-up, losing to incumbent governor, Sanwo-Olu. He (Rhodes-Vivour) is expected to throw his hat in the ring again in 2027.

Lagos AA governorship candidate reacts

Reacting to MURIC's stance, Tope AbdurRazaq Balogun, the Lagos state governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in the 2023 election, stated that the organisation is only deploying advocacy, which it wants to use to influence decisions within Nigeria's political, economic, and social institutions.

Speaking to, Balogun said:

"It is democracy and advocacy is a major tool for anybody with interest to use to their advantage. However, nobody can be stopped through religious or tribal profiling from contesting any election they qualify to contest for."

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MURIC attacks Tinubu over appointments

Earlier, reported that MURIC decried recent appointments made by President Bola Tinubu in the southwest geopolitical zone.

The group described the "appointments as Christian-Christian on a Muslim-Muslim ticket".


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