The governorship candidate of the Labour Party in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, has disclosed that his ambition to occupy the state governorship seat is not backed by any godfather.
Rhodes-Vivour reacted to claims made by the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, popularly known as Jandor.
Jandor, on Tuesday said that Lagos needs a governor that is independent and can think be independent.
“I fought against godfatherism in the APC, Lagos. My refusal in recognising Bode George as a godfather in the PDP is a major reason for his endorsement of Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of LP against my candidature in the PDP,” Jandor said.
Rhodes-Vivour, however, said there is no godfather in the Labour Party nor did he have one, adding that he only had mentors and leaders.
“In the Labour Party, there’s no godfather. I have no godfather.I had no godfather in PDP. I only had mentors and leaders”.
Rhodes-Vivour, a former member of the PDP before he left to join the LP, spoke about what transpired in the party in his response to the comments by Jandor..
“There were rumours of money being embezzled. Money meant for rally, elections. The narrative he brought to get the ticket was that he would bring half of the APC to add to the PDP. That was the story. But all of them have gone back to the APC now. Where is the value?”.
“He got the ticket because all the leaders of the party on national level, from Ayu, even Obasanjo supported him. And now when tables have turned, he’s talking about godfatherism.”
Rhodes-Vivour and Jandor are the major contenders against Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos in the gubernatorial election.