#BounceExclusive: Has Ambode Abandoned Governance In Lagos?
Following Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s loss at the Lagos State governorship primary elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC), it seems the governor of Nigeria’s commercial capital is being undermined.
The governor lost the party’s ticket to a former Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Babajide Sanwo-Olu after polling 72, 901 while his contender polled 970,851 to emerge the party’s 2019 governorship candidate.
Since the loss, Lagosians now amble around with the image of an Ambode who is so unconcerned about how Lagos is run.
Taking a drive round the state, you get the sinking feeling that governance has now grounded to a halt.
For example, the inter- buses operators dislodged from the Jibowu end of Ikorodu Road have started returning to the spot unmolested.
Ambode had on September 12, 2017 restricted the operation of inter-state buses and vehicles operating along Ikorodu Road from going beyond Ojodu Berger and Ojota Motor Parks.
He said the decision was aimed at taking out avoidable nuisances and installing sanity and civility in the environment.
“Henceforth, they will have to go to Ojota and Ojodu Berger, which are the two designated inter-state motor parks. The ones that we have here in Jibowu will have to move”, Ambode had said in a statement issued by his then Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde.
Ambode had gone ahead to sealed off the premises of some major commercial transport and courier companies operating in the area for disobeying the directive.
Among the companies sealed were Chisco Transport, Ifex Express Limited, and GUO Transport. Other companies, including God Is Good (GIG) and Peace Mass Transport.
Our correspondent, who visited the area on Tuesday discovered that it was back to business as usual for the operators.
Virtually all the operators are now back on the express road with their buses soliciting for passengers, sometime constituting nuisance to other road users.
Hawkers were also seen displaying their goods for the intending passengers to buy.
Our correspondent also observed that policemen and officials of the Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) stationed around the area to ensure compliance with the directive have also vacated their duty posts.
One of transport operators in Jibowu, who spoke with our correspondent but chose to remain anonymous expressed his happiness that they now go about their business unhindered.
The consensus in Lagos these days is that Ambode has gone to sleep since he lost the Lagos APC primary election to Jide Sanwo-Olu—a most humiliating defeat that ended his bid for a second term in office.
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