The Labour Party governorship candidate in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, says he is going to pay the hospital bills of his supporters who were injured during the violence recorded in last Saturday’s elections in the state.
Rhodes-Vivour, who had earlier rejected the declaration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the poll, restated his claim that his supporters were disenfranchised across the state.
The LP candidate, who addressed newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday, said, “Yesterday, I spent my day visiting victims of Saturday’s state-backed terrorism and violence from Abule Ado to Surulere, Apapa and Ikeja. I met with young men and women with bullets lodged in their bodies, with deep cuts, fractured legs, and many more.
“I reach out to you to say I am with you. I feel your pain. Myself and the deputy governor are by your side. We have launched the platform ‘GRV cares 2023’ and anyone who has suffered violence should upload their picture, hospital bills and police report and we will help offset these bills.”
While calling on Lagos indigenes to speak out, he added that “There was no election, it was violence on multiple levels, diabolically and physically. On this ambition they sowed seeds that could potentially lead to outcome like the Rwandan genocide.
“Lagosians, our enemies are not our neighbours or visitors, or fellow Lagosian with diverse tongues. Our common enemy is violence, insecurity, poverty, stagnation, corruption, and underdevelopment. It is these same people responsible for these, that have weaponized poverty and ethnicity to distract us from their evil endeavors and diabolical activities.
“They have tried to destroy years of delicately balanced ethnic relations, years of intermarriage and friendships, years of commerce, and years of building Lagos into the economic juggernaut that it is. I call on the silent majority, decent and cultured Lagosians, indigenous Lagosians and Lagosians at large to speak out.”