The Labour Party ( LP) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (GRV) has declared that he won the 2023 governorship election following the massive lead of the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate and incumbent who is seeking reelection has 718,595 votes at the collation of 15 local government results on Sunday.
Sanwo-Olu is ahead of Labour Party (LP)’s Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour who presently has 257,502 from the 19 LGs announced so far.
Speaking about the election, Gbadebo via his Twitter handle on Sunday declared that he won the election, adding that he’s saddened by the violence and gross disenfranchisement of voters who wished to perform their civic right.
He further thanked supporters who came out despite the intimidation and violence faced by voters at the polling unit.
He said: “Firstly, I would like to thank all Lagosians, especially our supporters for coming out to vote yesterday for us. I’m convinced that with you in our corner, a NEW Nigeria is imminent.
“However, I am saddened by the confirmed reports of violence and gross disenfranchisement of voters who only wished to perform their civic duty.
“Attacks on polling units, voters, and our party agents are totally antithetical to what we stand for & what Lagos truly represents.
“Collusion between the ruling party and electoral officials to return the candidate of the APC is a slap on the face of democracy and everyone who came out to vote for us on Saturday.
“In the light of this, I am convinced beyond any doubt that the results being released by INEC do not represent the wishes of majority of peaceful Lagosians.
“More so the results from our field agents and situation room indicated that we won this election. I am a champion of the people, we are far from done. Do not lose hope, do not waver. This is not over, we have not come this far to accept outright lies, criminality & falsehoods.
“A fight for FREEDOM is never easily won.Every vote cast for me was done in the face of intimidation and risk of personal harm. Every such vote must count. Defending every one of those votes is a sacred duty. I will defend your votes – this is my vow to every LP voter.”