By Samuel Ogundipe
The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has assured commercial motorcycle operators, a.k.a: Okada riders, across the state that his administration will not place any further restriction on their routes of operation.
Speaking at a sensitisation event, themed: “Okada Allowed,” which was organised by the Support Group of Ambode at a new campaign office, donated by Mr. Femi Hamzat, in Ikeja, Ambode said the news about restricting movement of Okada riders in the city beyond current ones are mere opposition party propaganda that should be discarded.
“We’re aware of the insidious campaign by the PDP regarding the use of Okada,” he said.
“Out of over 9,000 roads in Lagos,” he said, “only about 450 roads had Okada restriction in place and this is strictly meant to ensure safety of the people of the state,” adding that all commercial motorcycle operators in the state will benefit in the urban renewal program his administration will embark upon.
He also ensured the people of the state good governance should he be voted into office.
“In every nooks and crannies of Lagos, let it be said the APC has the interest of the perplexed at heart.”
He said the movement at the forefront of his campaign is the movement to make Lagos an enviable city across the world.
“We believe that we’re going to take on the world. By the time we get settled in the office, we’ll start development programs that will make the whole world start talking about Lagos.”
He used his last remark to thank the individuals behind the campaign group, which include Mr. Demola Seriki.
The APC-led administration of Governor ‘Tunde Fashola has been enmeshed in a prolonged rancour with Okada riders since it began a major crackdown on their operation on federal roads and other major highways in the state 3 years ago. A civil lawsuit instigated by the umbrella association of the commercial motorcyclists has been languishing at the Ikeja High Court since then.
The ‘Okada Allowed’ campaign is expected to be taken across the state as part of the APC campaign activities ahead of the statewide elections in April.