The Labour Party gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour GRV, is currently facing a wave of backlash following allegations of inconsistency in his name. GRV, who has been touted as the strongest contender against the incumbent governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is being called out for using different names across the years. The opposition supporters have previously raised awareness about the Labour Party's candidate's name Chinedu. However, in a recent development, the degree certificate of Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) surfaced which carried the name Patrick.
GRV has responded to the allegations by publishing a statement on social media saying, "Dear Lagosians, in line with my desire to run a transparent and open government, here is my certificate from MIT. I will continue to be open and transparent, especially with my government and governance. Vote LP 🗳, You can do it, We can do it. Èkó E dìde!! ~ GRV."
Social media users have since picked up on the inconsistencies in his names at different stages of the governorship candidate's life. One social media user wrote, "3 good different name appearance 🤔Patrick Rhodes-Vivour – 2008, Gbadebo Chinedu Rhodes-Vivour – 2019, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour – 2017/2023. I need to know the actual name of my candidate opposition. As it stands, Even with your name, you have no direction." Another user commented, "Firstly, as a recruiter officer, I would never consider you for a job with this certificate. It does not bear your full name. Secondly, could you share your CV so we could analyze your skills, experience, and competence in relation to the job you applied for?"
The allegations of name inconsistency have raised questions about the credibility of GRV as a gubernatorial candidate. The situation is fluid and ongoing, with further developments likely to emerge in the coming days.
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