Stop bitterness, go to court: APC tells Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour
The APC in Lagos State has advised the Labour Party governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, to approach the courts for redress on the outcome of the March 18 governorship elections.
The Lagos APC publicity secretary, Seye Oladejo, in a statement on Thursday, said the LP candidate should accept defeat rather than expressing bitterness, accusations and distractions against the ruling party.
“Lagos residents will not appreciate further distractions from you (Rhodes-Vivour) as Gov. Babajide Sanwo-olu focuses on finishing strong and prepares for a greater Lagos in the next dispensation.
“You may, however, wish to approach the courts and put a stop to this immature grandstanding,” the APC spokesman said.
Mr Oladejo advised the LP candidate to rather than tender apologies to Lagos residents; he had allegedly assaulted their sensibilities in the months leading to the elections.
He alleged that the LP candidate campaign was characterised by unpretentious hate, religious bigotry and tribal rhetorics.
Mr Oladejo added: “He has refused to be sober and still has the effrontery to play the victim.
“It is baffling that the law enforcement agencies have not invited him for questioning for his incitement and call for anarchy because he lost an election.
“We found it amazing that his understanding of justice and fairness is when he wins an election by merely leveraging on opportunism and unsustainable spur of the moment.”
According to him, during the electioneering, Lagos residents laboured in vain to identify Rhodes-Vivour’s selling points, pedigree and the substance of his manifesto.
He said that a campaign based on blind, uninformed and bitter criticism of the ruling party without a credible alternative could only end in failure.
The spokesman said: “It is now clear to all and sundry that his interpretation of free and fair elections is only when he wins.
“It was convenient to ignore incidents of violent attacks and killings of the APC supporters across the state and play the victim by allegedly visiting unidentifiable and unverifiable patients.”
He said that Rhodes-Vivour’s apprehension about a free and fair elections under Sen. Bola Tinubu’s Presidency showed him as a poor student of history.
Mr Oladejo said that Tinubu had unmatchable democratic credentials built on many years of sacrifice and painstaking service to our fatherland.
According to him, by voting Tinubu, Nigerians have opted for a prepared presidency.
He said that Tinubu’s presidency could only usher in unprecedented development, peace and the restoration of our place of pride in the comity of nations.