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Lagos Labour Party leaders dump Rhodes-Vivour, endorse Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State chapter of the Labour Party (LP) have endorsed Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for a second term in office.

The endorsement of Governor Sanwo-Olu by the Lagos Labour Party leaders took place, on Thursday, March 16, during a meeting held in the Surulere Local Government area of the state.

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The endorsement by the Lagos Labour Party leaders led by the former governorship aspirant, Moshood Salvador, came as a result of what they called the ‘degeneration’ of the Lagos Chapter of the party’s internal crisis.

Giving reason for their decision, the Lagos Labour Party leaders said they endorsed Governor Sanwo-Olu because of the ill-treatment they received from Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour.

Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is the Lagos Labour Party Governorship Candidate hoping to unseat Governor Sanwo-Olu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the governor of Lagos State, a post-Sanwo-Olu has held for four years.

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The endorsement was coming three days before the governorship and state assembly elections in Nigeria.  On March 8, 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigeria’s electoral umpire, postponed the governorship and state assembly elections till March 18.

The 2023 governorship election and the State Assembly election were previously scheduled to hold on March 11, but INEC, citing a logistics crisis stemming from BVAS configuration and transportation, said the election could not hold again as scheduled following a meeting of its executives on Wednesday evening.

“The elections were postponed to allow one more week for preparations,” an official familiar with the meeting told reporters by telephone on Wednesday night.

“We should be able to get everything in order before March 18.”