By Okunade Adekunle
The Lagos State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described the victory of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Elections Petitions Tribunal as a re-affirmation that he got the mandate of the people in the March elections.
Mr. Abiodun Salami, Assistant Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, in a statement on Monday in Lagos, said the victory was a judicial vindication of the belief that Lagosians voted in the governor to move the state forward.
The Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Lagos had on Monday dismissed the petitions filed by the Labour Party and reaffirmed the victory of Sanwo-Olu as the duly-elected governor in the March polls.
The tribunal described the LP petition as “a futile and wasteful exercise,” noting that the petitioner could not prove their allegations of mental incompetence against Sanwo-Olu.
While delivering the judgement, Justice T.T Asua, said the petitioners (LP and Ifagbemi Awamaridi) also failed to prove the allegations of electoral practices against Sanwo-Olu and his party, APC.
Salami said the victory was a validation of the support the people have for Sanwoolu and proof that the petition was all along ”a wild goose chase”
The Lagos Spokesman congratulated Lagosians on the victory as it was not only victory for the governor but also for the people and good governance.
”We are happy at the victory; it is a reaffirmation that the governor got the the mandate and support of the people in the March election .
”We congratulate the governor and the good people of Lagos on the judicial vindication of this electoral victory.This verdict is not only a victory for democracy ,it is a victory for good governance and a more prosperous Lagos ”,he said.
Salami assured residents that the verdict would further inspire the Sanwo-Olu administration to render impactful governance in the state.
He said the governor was justifying the confidence reposed in him with his many achievements since he was sworn in over 100 days ago.
The APC spokesman listed the achievements to include fixing of potholes across the state to tackle the nagging problem of gridlock .
Salami said the efficiency of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) had improved as a result of increase in their allowances by Sanwoolu
”The refuse problem is fading away with the resuscitation of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA)’s PSP model on waste management .
”Wastes are now being promptly cleared and the state is getting cleaner.The right attitude to the environment is being restored”,he said.
He added that the Sanwoolu administration had commenced work on the Lagos -Badagry Expressway ,a project which had suffered delays before now,noting that the sufferings on the road were being alleviated .
He said the Sanwoolu administration had achieved great results in addressing the gridlock in Apapa.
” Security has been beefed up in the state with the provision og 125 patrol vehicles and 45 patrol motorcycles to the police and other security agencies.
”The Sanwoolu administration has also completed a 495 housing estate at igando .He has made interventions in the health and education sector and had done well in the area of empowerment of the people ”,he said
Salami urged residents to keep faith with the present administration to deliver more dividends of democracy.