Abdul-Azeez Adediran popularly known as Jandor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party who are both governorship candidates are currently in alliance talks to defeat the incumbent governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who is seeking reelection under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to reports, the meeting is being spearheaded by some elders of the two parties. The parties are said to be obviously encouraged by the outcome of last Saturday’s presidential.
Multiple sources said there is a hurdle to be crossed as the discussion continues. The hurdle has to do with who steps down between the two candidates- Abdul-Azeez Adediran popularly known as Jandor of the PDP and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party.
The Labour Party is reportedly banking on the success it recorded in last Saturday’s election.
It was said that there is an existing personality clash between Jandor and Rhodes-Vivour. The Labour Party candidate was until June 2022, a PDP member.
Prior to Jandor’s emergence as the PDP candidate, Rhodes-Vivour had stepped down for him with the hope of emerging as his running mate. But Jandor opted for popular Nollywood actress, Ms Funke Akindele, which reportedly irked Rhodes-Vivour who subsequently jumped ship to Labour Party to claim the governorship ticket.
Meanwhile, Rhodes-Vivour has confirmed talks with the leadership of the PDP in the state.
His words: “We are talking to the owner of the structure of PDP. In the coming days, we will align with them to ensure that we take Lagos to the next level. People that are behind this movement are not moved by money; they are voting for hope, moved by the hope of a new Lagos and they are going to come out more than before. People have seen how one man in his interest rubbished the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) process; so, we are ready to fight.
“I have seen the pains of Lagos. We know for a fact that the current government will not reduce unemployment, but our government will make the youths productive members of the society. We are going to give them bright Lagos.
“We have come too far to turn back, I Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Rhodes-Vivour family from Lagos Island, a true blood of Lagos, promise to stand fast with you until the very end. When people are determined to make change happen, no force on earth can prevent them from making that change. So we must never give up.”