Gov. Sanwo-Olu Pulls Out Of Debate Over Violent Display of Opposition Party

Governor Sanwo-Olu

Odutayo Odusanya

Sunday January 29,2023

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has pulled out from gubernatorial debates, following clashes between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members that accompanied the party’s governorship candidate, Abdul-Azeez Adediran popularly called Jandor, and residents of Surulere Local Government.

The governor’s decision was said to have been made after due consultations with elders and respectable Lagosians that were concerned that the peace and harmonious relationship that had existed over the years in the state were been threatened.

And it was decided that he should not be found in the gathering or share any podium with those who they described as individuals that do not respect lives and property of Lagosians.

With this decision, the governor would not be participating in the much-publicized debate organised by The Platform and scheduled for  Sunday, January 29, 2023 in the state.

Sanwo-Olu’s decision on debates was made public through a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, and made available to newsmen on Saturday.

The commissioner noted that the conduct of the PDP supporters in Aguda Community, Surulere Local Government, does not represent what Lagosians have over the years stood for.

He, meanwhile, disclosed that security agencies were already investigating the videos obtained from different social media platforms, which have gone viral, and would arrest as well as prosecute anyone found culpable in the act.

According to the statement, “the Lagos State Government has noted the flood of comments sparked by the shocking video of a group of thugs shooting in broad daylight in Surulere.

“Security agencies are investigating the video, which has gone viral on social media. We believe they will fish out and prosecute the evil actors, who are believed to be henchmen of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“We condemn this savagery that has portrayed our state, the safest in Nigeria, in a bad light. That is not who we are; we are civilized and cultured.

“Following advice from competent sources, including elders and respectable Lagosians, we will henceforth shun any forum that may require us to be together with PDP and its agents of violence.

“Consequently, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu regrets to announce that he will not be participating in The Platform Governorship Debate of January 29, 2023.  The Governor holds Pastor Poju Oyemade and the Covenant Christian Church family in high esteem and cherishes future opportunities to engage the congregation and render accounts of his stewardship to them as integral parts of the Lagos electorate.

“We will never be found in the company of those to whom the lives of innocent Lagosians mean nothing. Mr. Sanwo-Olu won’t share a podium with them”.

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