All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos state chapter, has raised the alarm over plot by some people to mobilise residents to destroy the state.
Spokesman of the party in the state, Mr Seye Oladejo, at a press conference held on Thursday in Ikeja, made this known, calling the attention of security agencies to meetings on Twitter Space aimed at destroying the state.
Speaking on the alleged threats and intimidation of voters during the governorship election, Oladejo said that the opposition was economical with the truth, adding that the allegation was to discredit the electoral process in the state.
He added that the party with loyalists and sympathizers spread across the state, would have no reason to embrace violence.
“On the contrary, our members were mostly the victims of intimidation and violence. Many are still in hospitals where doctors are battling to save their lives.
“The allegations of threat and intimidation of voters is a typical deployment of the strategy of the aggressor playing the victim. How else do we explain the case of Omatseye Iseli a.k.a Tee Mac, a Labour Party chieftain who went to a polling unit with wild dogs, boasted of his unlawful action, only to jump into the media space the following day to allege intimidation after it was glaring that his party lost woefully in the gubernatorial election.
“It is on record that there are 13,325 polling units in Lagos State and there were reports of disturbances in about 130 or one percent of all the polling units. I think that is too infinitesimal for anyone to rely upon to say that the election was not free and fair. In other words, under no circumstance can we say this has invalidated the credibility of the elections,” he said.
The party accused the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of introducing and orchestrating ethnic colouration into Lagos politics during his campaign, adding that his intention was to pitch a section of the populace against another.
“When he started his campaign, he was Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour. He soon metamorphosed into Chinedu Rhodes-Vivour and, with his mother, was campaigning in areas seen as having heavy Igbo population, adopting Igbo as the language of communication.
“The candidate, who does not speak Yoruba, showed his resentment for the people he desired to lead when he retorted that ‘I don’t think in Yoruba’- in reply to a reporter’s question. His supporters latched on to his body language and disposition to taunt the Yoruba and other Lagosians by proclaiming that Lagos is a no-man’s land.
“Following the same script, LP presidential candidate, Peter Obi campaigned only in markets dominated by people from a section of the country when he visited Lagos.
“Mr Chinedu Rhodes-Vivour played a prominent role in the #EndSARS protest, a peaceful action, which became a veneer for the destruction of public and private assets when it was hijacked by hoodlums. Lagos lost many of its cherished assets.
The DNA laboratory (the first of its kind in West Africa) was burnt down; the iconic Lagos High Court, one of the most recognizable buildings in Nigeria, was razed. So was City Hall, which was established in 1900. Hundreds of brand-new high-capacity BRT buses, among other assets, were burnt in the orgy of madness from which our dear state is yet to recover.
“However, it is to be noted that Mr. Chinedu is not the only Yoruba of mixed race in politics. Besides, there are people of Igbo parentage who are very dear to the heart of Lagosians. Many have held positions in the Lagos State cabinet and agencies,” Oladejo said.
The party condemned the post-election hate speeches and fake news still being promoted in various media spaces.