Gbadebo Rhode-Vivour, the Labour Party's (LP) nominee for governor in Lagos State, has accused some unnamed people of attempting to smear his reputation and frame him for a crime he is not responsible for.
In a statement released on Wednesday, the candidate for governor claimed that the plot's purpose was to get people to make confessional statements against him while inciting the public against him and rallying support for the state's governing party.
According to Rhodes-Vivour, those behind the plot think that if he made a damning confessional statement, the public would turn against him.
He said: ”I have just been tipped by a credible source in the intelligence community about a desperate attempt to frame me and malign my character. The plan, as I was told, was to burn another market, pretend to make arrests, and have those arrested make fake confessional statements implicating me in the inferno.
“The architects of this grand conspiracy are convinced that such a damming confessional statement would instigate the public against me and save a candidate from a humiliating defeat this Saturday. Thankfully, some patriotic citizens in the intelligence community have taken great discomfort to reveal such an evil and clandestine plot.
“It is rather unfortunate that a party that claims to have a candidate with so much experience and competence has resorted to crude and medieval tactics to win re-election. Instead of campaigning on policies, programs, and projects that have impacted citizens’ lives, they are fanning the ambers of ethnic bigotry and relying on a vicious propaganda machinery to spread lies, hate, and fear.
“Their deceit notwithstanding, the people of Lagos can see through their selfish desperation to hold onto power. Lagosians now know that they will do anything to keep power just to cover their shady dealings, protect their cronies, and continue to live outlandishly on the commonwealth of the people. And as Chief Bode George announced to the world yesterday in a press conference, these evil people have now placed a bounty on my head.
“But my eyes are firmly set on the hills, and from the deep have I drawn much strength to persevere against the onslaught of the enemies. For on Saturday, there shall be a deliverance of a people, a liberation of minds, and the rebirth of a great city. A city where dreams become reality and where great potentials are made manifest. I’m the architect of a new Lagos, a departure from the old order.
“Together, we can build the Lagos of our dreams. It is possible.”