Speedily gaining popularity in Nigeria’s political space is Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, the governorship aspirant of the Labour Party (LP) in Lagos State.
Rhodes-Vivour’s increasing prominence began after the party’s flag bearer, Peter Obi, won the recently concluded presidential election in Lagos State.
Although Lagosians have his name on their lips, many know little or nothing about the governorship candidate.
Below are five things you need to know about Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour:
1. He earned two master’s degrees, one in Architecture from the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the other in Research and Public Policy from the University of Lagos.
2. Gbadebo was born into a family of lawyers; his father, Barrister Olawale Rhodes-Vivour is a former justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria; his late grandfather, Judge Akinwunmi Rhodes-Vivour; was influential in midwest Nigeria during his lifetime; while his great-grandfather, Steven Bankole Rhodes was the second indigenous judge appointed in Nigeria.
3. Gbadebo’s activism was affirmed by his father, Olawale, in a recent press conference in Lagos where he described the former as an activist and not a politician. He is the convener of Nigerians Against GMO, a civil society group against an increase in the production of Genetically Modified Foods in Nigeria. He also led 2,000 people to the senate in a fight against environmental degradation. Gbadebo’s also advocated the inclusion of History as a subject in the Nigerian School Curriculum.
4. The LP governorship candidate is an architect by profession. He worked with Franklin Ellis Architects in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and SISA, Building Partnership CCP, and Patrick Wayi in Nigeria.
5. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour's political career dates back to 2017 when he contested for the chairmanship of the Ikeja Local Government Area under the KOWA Party. He lost the election to the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also contested for a Senate seat to represent Lagos West under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, but lost to APC’s Adeola ‘Yayi’ Olamilekan. He contested the result of the election but the case was struck out for lack of sufficient grounds.
Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour is up against incumbent Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the APC and Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran of the PDP, among others, for the governorship position of Lagos State on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
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