By Adeyemi Adeleye, Lagos.
The Labour Party’s governorship candidate for Lagos State, Mr Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, on Tuesday met with the Arewa community and other ethnic groups, assuring them of a better society, if elected.
Rhodes-Vivour, at a joint interactive session with various ethnic groups, said that he was determined to deliver a state that would work for all residents, irrespective of their ethnic nationalities.
“We are working for a Lagos that will work for all, regardless of the tongues.
“We want a Lagos that is safe for all, where education and healthcare will be standardised, and where touts, under any name, will no longer harass our people at parks and market places.
“Our number one enemy is not Yoruba versus Igbo or Hausa, it is poverty. The suffering in this Lagos is too much. We must end it and I will end it,” Rhodes-Vivour said.
Promising to carry everybody along, the governorship candidate said: “We want a state where everybody will benefit,”
Also speaking, Mr Isaac Balami, a Labour Party chieftain, said that Rhodes-Vivour would give Lagos State security, welfare, health care and end all sufferings of the masses.
Balami urged the electorate not to exercise fear but be bold and courageous to vote for Labour Party, warning that power did not, however, come cheap.
“Come out to vote. Embark on door-to-door, house-to-house campaigns; there is no time again,” he urged.
Speaking on behalf of the ethnic groups,, Alhaji Mohammed Ali, an Arewa community leader, said that the non-indigenes were drawn from various local government areas of the state.
Ali said that there was a lot of propaganda campaign against Rhodes-Vivour, which the groups wanted clarifications on.
He said that the groups would work and mobilise their members for the election of the Labour Party candidate on Saturday.
Another leader of the group, Mrs Bridget Bello, described Rhodes-Vivour as young, vibrant and intelligent, saying that he should be supported.
Bello, while praying for Rhodes-Vivour, urged him candidate to carry all groups along when elected.
Also speaking, Rev. Joshua Jacob, another leader of the group, said that “we, the youth, are behind you. Just try to be behind us and Lagos will be in your hand.”
The meeting was also attended by some Labour Party leaders.