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APC expresses worry as LP popularity penetrates party strongholds,  Lagos Deputy Gov. kicks



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The All Progressives Congress (APC) is beginning to express concerns over the rising popularity of the Labour Party (LP), which is  subtly  penetrating the APC stronghold of Lagos State, pulling solidarity and drawing supporters from the ruling party.

Apparently, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Obafemi Hamzat, expressed perturbations over report of his son joining the Obidient rally coordinated by the Labour Party in the state.

An online picture of a participant at Obidient rally in Lagos, captioned: “The Lagos State Deputy Governor’s son Femi Hamzat, joins the Obidient rally in support of Peter Obi”, had gone viral on social media on Saturday after the #Obidient Rally in Lagos.

Hamzat disturbed by the report, protested in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Tunde Alao on Sunday in Lagos, saying that political loyalists and supporters of the Labour Party should refrain from cheap tactics that would not yield any political gains.

The deputy governor declared: “For the avoidance of doubt, the gentleman in the displayed photograph is neither the deputy governor’s son nor his relative.

“The viral message is another mischievous, false, and malicious attempt to cause friction between the deputy governor and his admirers and loyalists across the nation.

“Dr Hamzat has a reputation of commitment and loyalty to the Sanwo-Olu administration and the All Progressives Congress.

“His support is for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shettima. Our party and all our supporters are working hard to ensure that our candidates get the votes of Nigerians and ours is not about bogus statistics and lies.”

The statement declared that any attempt to denigrate the deputy governor’s character by spewing falsehood about his family would remain a vain and futile attempt until eternity.

The deputy governor told the supporters of the Labour Party to get serious with their campaigns and desist from cheap tactics that would not yield any political gains.

According to Hamzat, “We hope that Nigerians will detect these tendencies to deceive and see it for what it is. It is too late in the day to keep lying to Nigerians. It won’t work.”

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