Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, popularly known as GRV, the Lagos governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP), has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of relying on voter intimidation to maintain its hold on power. According to GRV, the indigenous Lagos people are informed and exposed, but unfortunately, the APC government takes its strength from division, violence, and intimidation.
He stated that the will of the people would prevail, and the government that derives its validity from voter intimidation would become a thing of the past. GRV also alleged targeted voter suppression in the ongoing election, citing an instance where polling agents at VGC were discouraging voters from going to the estates, and instead, urging them to cast their votes on the expressway where thugs could harass and disenfranchise them.
The Labour Party candidate earlier cast his vote at his polling unit at PO 045 in Anifowoshe, Ikeja, Lagos State. He is one of the frontline candidates in the race for governorship in Lagos State and is set to face off against the incumbent governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressive Congress and Mr. Abdul-Azeez Adediran of the Labour Party.
The election is expected to be keenly contested following the Labour Party’s victory in Lagos State in the presidential election. GRV has emerged as a popular candidate whose message has resonated with the teeming youths who are the backbone behind the unexpected rise of the Labour Party.
GRV’s allegations of voter intimidation and suppression are not uncommon in Nigerian politics. The conduct of free and fair elections has been a subject of concern in the country, with allegations of vote-buying, rigging, and other malpractices. The electorate must be allowed to exercise their democratic rights without fear of intimidation or harassment.
In conclusion, the governorship election in Lagos State is crucial to the state’s political landscape, and the voters must make their choice without any form of coercion. GRV’s call to end voter intimidation and suppression is a reminder that the legitimacy of any government should come from the people’s mandate and not through undemocratic means. It is important that all stakeholders work together to ensure a free, fair, and credible election in Lagos State.