“So what if he was Igbo? ” – Reno Omokri argues in favor of Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the Labour Party’s nominee for governor of Lagos.

The rumors that Gbadebo is not a legitimate son of the soil have been debunked by Reno on social media.

Reno Omokri, a former presidential assistant, has argued in favor of Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, a candidate for governor of Lagos from the Labour Party.

As you may remember, Gbadebo has become involved in a number of issues ever since he announced his ambition to run for governor.

His wife was also dragged for speaking against anti-gay laws in Nigeria back in 2011; he was also criticized for having an Igbo name given to him by his Igbo mother. He was recently called out after old tweets of him purportedly supporting Biafra surfaced online.

A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) official named Reno responded to the controversy by using social media to debunk rumors that Gbadebo is not a true son of the soil.

The politician’s name, he said, indicates that he is a relative of one of the original Lagosians who was sold into slavery. He also chastised individuals who claimed that Gbadebo cannot serve as their governor due to his partial Igbo heritage.

He wrote;

“Anybody with the last name Vivor has a very strong Lagos pedigree. The name is short for Survivor. The Vivors or Vivours are people who endured slavery and made it back to Lagos more than a century ago as survivors. Rhodes-Vivor could mean they survived Rhodes (possibly a former slave owner, or a name they were given or took) and lived to tell.

I don’t support Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour. I am very much loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party and.I urge all my followers in Lagos to vote PDP from top to bottom. However, I have been a victim of identity politics and nobody should have to go through that. But even if he was Igbo (he is not) and so what? We must make an effort to build a united country, and it takes some give and take.”

See his post below,

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