Lagos State Governor: Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The government of Lagos State, led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has crushed 1,500 seized motorcycles, commonly known as okada, that were caught operating on restricted routes. This action, carried out by the Ministry of Transportation, occurred at the Crush Plant, Taskforce Yard, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos on December 27, 2023. Commissioner for Transportation, Oluwaseun Osiyemi, and Ministry Permanent Secretary, Mr. Wale Musa, oversaw the operation. Osiyemi stated that the crushing of over 1,500 motorcycles impounded in the last six months is part of a zero-tolerance approach toward illegal activities. He encouraged okada riders to adopt alternative government-provided transportation, emphasizing that the government’s decisions are non-negotiable.

In a separate development, the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decided to contest the Appeal Court’s verdict confirming Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s victory in the March 18 gubernatorial election. Alhaji Hakeem Amode, the Publicity Secretary of the Lagos State PDP, disclosed this, expressing dissatisfaction with the appellate court’s ruling. He asserted that justice had not been adequately served in the PDP’s candidate, Dr. Olajide Adediran’s petitions against Sanwo-Olu’s re-election. Amode declared the party’s intention to challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court within a few days, believing in the Supreme Court’s ability to address the core issues and set a precedent.

The Court of Appeal had dismissed Adediran’s 34 grounds of appeal against Sanwo-Olu’s victory. It also declined to litigate the alleged non-qualification of Sanwo-Olu and his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, citing it as a pre-election matter. The court ruled that the appellants failed to substantiate the claim that Sanwo-Olu forged his West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) certificate. The PDP, undeterred by the appellate court’s decision, is determined to seek justice at the Supreme Court, filing the appeal within the mandated 14-day period. The Supreme Court then has 60 days to hear the case and issue its ruling.

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