The candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has insisted that the results of the Lagos governorship election do not tally with what his field agents recorded.
Rhodes-Vivour said he is “convinced beyond any doubt ” that the outcome of the election does not represent “the wishes of majority of peaceful Lagosians”.
Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to declare a winner in the election that was marred by violence, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the state governor, is on course for victory.
He has won 18 of the 19 LGAs announced so far while Rhodes-Vivour has secured victory in one.
But according to the LP candidate, “the results from our field agents and situation room indicated that we won this election”.
Rhodes-Vivour reacted to the outcome of the election via a Twitter thread on Sunday.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“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.
“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.”
Rhodes-Vivour added that a fight for freedom is “never easily won”.