Lagos State Deputy Governor Obafemi Hamzat has discredited reports that his son participated in the rallies held by supporters of Peter Obi on October 1.
His statement followed a viral picture of an individual alleged to be his son at one of the rallies held in Lagos.
The actual person turned out to be a social media user, @Elkrosmediahub.
Hamzat’s media aide, Tunde Alao, said in a statement on Sunday that the man in the 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 and the All Progressives Congress.
“His support is 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 and ours is not about bogus statistics and lies,” the statement added.
It also said that any attempt to denigrate the deputy governor’s character by spewing falsehood about his family would remain a vain and futile attempt until eternity.
The statement advised the supporters of the Labour Party to 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 said.