With just a few days left before Nigerian voters head to the polls to select their preferred gubernatorial candidates, former Lagos state governor Ayodele Fayose has said that the Labour party's candidate, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, cannot win in Lagos State.
Gbadebo is challenging the incumbent governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in the upcoming election. Gbadebo is a popular candidate, and Sanwo-Olu is likely to face strong competition in the election.
Sanwo-Olu is facing strong opposition from the Peoples Democratic Party, which is partly due to the fact that the incumbent is from their party.
Ayodele Fayose, the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, made a statement on television today suggesting that Gbadebo will not be able to win the forthcoming elections because he is not able to speak Yoruba. This is despite the fact that Gbadebo is from the Yoruba community, and has been publicly campaigning in the language.
Ayodele Fayose said that the Labour and PDP parties cannot deliver on their promise to hand over Lagos to someone who can't speak Yoruba. He believes that the people of Lagos should return Sanwo-Olu as governor instead. Lagos State is responsible for a large portion of the country's commercial activity, so it's important that the right person is in charge.
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