A picture claiming that the son of Femi Hamzat, the deputy governor of Lagos state, participated in the Lagos rally organised by supporters of Peter Obi has surfaced online.
On Saturday, October 1, supporters of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), held rallies in several parts of the country including Akwa Ibom, Gombe, Bauchi, Edo, among others.
The supporters of LP held the rally as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 62nd independence anniversary.
Nigeria gained independence on October 1, 1960.
Several posts of a particular man who participated in the Lagos rally have surfaced on social media. Most of the posts claimed that he is the first son of the deputy governor of Lagos.
Lagos Deputy Governor’s son, Femi Hamzat did not join the ‘Obidient’ rally in support of Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
A statement from the Office of the Deputy Governor on Sunday described the report as fake news.
The statement signed by Tunde Alao, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media), Office of the Lagos State Deputy Governor, said the attention of the Office had been drawn to an online picture of an individual captioned
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 led administration, the All Progressives Congress and his support 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. Ours is not about bogus statistics and lies,” it said.
The statement added that any attempt to denigrate his character by spewing falsehood about his family would remain a vain and futile attempt until eternity.
“Supporters of the Labour Party should get serious with their campaigns and desist from cheap tactics that would not yield any political gains.
“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,” the statement added.