In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling affirming the election victory of Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Governor of Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour has publicly accepted the decision while expressing concerns about the precedent it sets for future leadership.
The Supreme Court, in a landmark ruling on January 12, upheld the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) announcement of Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the Lagos State gubernatorial election held in March 2023.
In his reaction to the apex court’s decision, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour acknowledged the ruling and, in a social media post, shared his thoughts on the implications of the judgement.
“Today, the Supreme Court set a precedent: a governor or president can have multiple allegiances to states other than Nigeria and still be the chief security officer of Lagos or Nigeria,” Rhodes-Vivour stated.
While expressing acceptance of the court’s decision, Rhodes-Vivour raised concerns about the potential conflict of interest and loyalty that may arise when leaders have affiliations beyond the borders of Nigeria.
“While I submit to this shocking decision of the Supreme Court, I worry for what this precedent holds for future generations being led by leaders with conflict of interest and loyalty. There is no Liberal Democracy that will accept to be led by an individual who has sworn an oath of allegiance to another country,” he asserted.
The former candidate emphasized the importance of citizens not having to question the loyalty of their leaders, especially those holding crucial positions such as the commander in chief or the chief security officer of a state.
“That said, as the court pleases 🙏🏾,” Rhodes-Vivour concluded, acknowledging the authority of the Supreme Court’s decision while underlining his reservations about the potential ramifications for the democratic principles of the nation.
As this development unfolds, it brings attention to the broader discussions on political leadership, allegiance, and the evolving landscape of governance within the context of Nigeria’s democratic institutions.