Lagos APC calls on police to probe Rhodes-Vivour over threat of violence

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All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, has urged security agencies to probe the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour over comments made during the conduct of Saturday’s governorship election.

The Labour Party candidate had in a video that has gone viral said: “INEC and the police should realise that they are provoking Lagosians right now. If tonight Lagos catches fire, it is not our fault. A lot of areas are still under intense attacks by thigs and hooligans of the APC. I call on INEC and the police not to set Lagos on fire.”

But Lagos APC, in a statement issued on Saturday by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Seye Oladejo, said that Rhodes-Vivour was only playing the victim, adding that APC supporters were harassed and attacked at various polling units across the state.

The statement reads: “The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a statement made by Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate Gbadebo Chinedu Rhodes-Vivour on today’s elections.

“He accuses the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police of ‘provoking Lagosians’ and warning that ‘if tonight Lagos catches fire, it is not our fault’. He says ‘a lot of places are still under attack by thugs and hooligans of the APC’.

“This scaremongering is typical of bad losers who lack the spirit of sportsmanship.

“The security agencies should note Mr Rhodes-Vivour’s threat to set Lagos on fire as his predilection for violence and warmongering is well known to Nigerians. Should there be any breakdown of law and order in any part of our state, law enforcement agencies should know who to grab – Mr Rhodes-Vivour.

“We are compiling reports of how APC supporters were harassed and attacked today. Some of the reports are really scary.

“Now the LP candidate is playing the victim. This old trick won’t work; discerning Lagosians know they are all lies deployed to attract sympathy. Our party has no need to be violent because we are sure of the glittering credentials of our candidate Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu who will never be associated with violence.

“We advise LP and its candidate to embrace peace instead of threatening to bring down the roof on everybody. It won’t work.”

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