Why Lagosians Will Re-elect Me In 2023 –Sanwo-Olu
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has said he is confident that the electorates in the state will re-elect him to steer the affairs of the state for another four years given his record of achievements.
He spoke during a chat on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics programme.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, alongside 14 others, will be jostling for the governorship seat in 2023.
He said his administration had brought in development that can be seen and felt by the state’s residents.
“I managed the emergency of the city. Today alone, there are emergencies that have been reported today alone. I’ve recruited over 650 fire service men. I’ve bought 64 brand new trucks that you will come, I will invite you for commissioning.
“I spent over a billion to take off the refuse in Lagos. We’re creating a sanitary landfill site. That’s what we’re doing. We’re building 1618 kilometres of rigid pavement road that runs to tens of billions. We’re building the biggest market in the country because that’s what we’re doing.”
When he was asked if he saw one of his challengers, Olajide Adediran of the PDP and his deputy, Funke Akindele, a filmmaker, as a threat, Sanwo-Olu said he is the most preferred candidate because he is more experienced.
“So you know, like I said if you have an emergency, who would you call? What are your chances? Do you call the man that has the experience that has gone through the trenches before that has lived with it that understands what the issues are,” he said.
“That appreciate what challenge you have even at 3 a.m. or will you leave your chance to someone that doesn’t know where the dial is or that doesn’t even know what the issues of governance are? This is Lagos.
“This is an informed audience. This is not a tea party. We’re talking about real governance. We’re talking about the lives of 20-plus million Nigerians.
Sanwo-Olu added that Lagos cannot be left in the hands of someone who “cannot run a business that has 100 people.”
The Governor noted that traffic robberies and accidents have significantly reduced following the directive on motorcycle (okada) transportation.
Okada riders were banned by the governor from plying in six local government areas in the state – Eti-Osa, Ikeja, Surulere, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Apapa and nine local government councils areas.
It is not the first time the government would impose the measure.
In January 2020, the government banned the operation of motorcyclists in 15 local councils across the state.
The governor said that since he gave the directive to restrict the motorcyclists in certain areas of the state, residents have written to him commending the development.
“We’ve also seen a significant drop in accidents. You know, we don’t see people being lame, you know, cutting off limbs in our hospitals again, because these were reckless driving that usually terminate people’s life, unexpectedly,” he said.
“We’ve seen tremendous improvement in that statistics to support. In terms of death drop in the last two months. At the peak of it, we saw about 550 Okada-related accidents at the peak of it in January for over a month.
“Now, it’s coming down to less than 100 direct Okada accidents that we’ve seen, from our hospitals.”
On Amotekun, Sanwo-Olu said there is no need to replicate the Western Nigeria Security Network called in Lagos.
He said the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corp is a replica of the security outfit which “works closely” with the Nigerian Police Force.
“We have the Lagos State Neighbourhood Watch, which are almost 7,000 men that have been trained, that have been energized and are working day to day in the state,” he said.
“There’s no need to reinvent the wheel.”
Since its establishment in 2020, the security outfit has been operational in five states in the South-west except for Lagos.