By Adekunle Williams, Ikeja.
A former Lagos Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Mr Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour. has won the Labour Party (LP) substitution primary election for the 2023 governorship election in Lagos State.
Declaring the result in Ikeja, the Chairman of the Lagos LP Electoral Committee/Returning Officer, Mr Lamidi Apanpan, said that Rhodes-Vivour scored 111 votes to defeat his contender, Mr Moshood Salvador who polled 102 votes.
Apanpan, who noted that there were 116 ad hoc delegates for the primary election, said that 115 were accredited for the election, while one was absent.
According to him, two votes were voided in the substitution election.
Apanpan said: “The total number of accredited voters is 115, and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour got 111 votes, Mr Moshood Salvador had 102 votes and we had two voided votes.
“Having satisfied all the requirements in our guidelines, I want to announce Mr Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivouras as our candidate, after scoring the highest votes of 111. He is hereby declared the winner and returned elected.”
The electoral officer commended the two aspirants and delegates for their peaceful conduct and sportsmanship throughout the process.
“I want to thank all of you for your patience and I want to congratulate the two contestants for your spirit of sportsmanship,” he said.
In his victory speech, Rhodes-Vivouras, who lauded his contender, said that he was ready to face the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP in the governorship election.
He pledged to sit with all aspirants and leaders of the party to tap from their wealth of knowledge and experience, in a bid to win Lagos State for the LP.
Rhodes-Vivouras who applauded all the delegates for their trust in giving him the party’s ticket, promised to bring governance to the grassroots.
The primary election, scheduled by the LP to elect a substitution for its candidate, failed to hold on Monday as one of the aspirants, Salvador, had complained of irregularities on the delegates’ list.