The Labour Party (LP) Chairman in Lagos State, Prof Ifagbemi Awamaridi, has insisted that he remains the state’s governorship candidate of the party for the 2023 general elections.
Awamaridi’s declaration came after the party conducted a substitution primary in which Mr Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour was declared winner, defeating Hon Mashood Salvador.
Daily Trust reports that Awamaridi had insisted that he remained the state chairman and governorship candidate of the party, saying the primary election which he won was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said primaries were also conducted across the 40 state constituencies, 24 federal constituencies and three senatorial districts.
Speaking at a press conference at the weekend where he presented the party’s candidates in Lagos, he denied ever being a placeholder for LP.
According to him, both Rhodes-Vivour who defected from the PDP and Salvador who just dumped the APC for the party were agents of their former parties.
He said, “It is funny that Salvador who recently dumped APC and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour who could not clinch the PDP ticket are now claiming to be LP governorship candidates. What they don’t know is that the primary that produced me as the governorship candidate before they dumped their parties was conducted and supervised by INEC officials.