#BounceExclusive: Why Gov Ambode Was Booed, Pelted In Oshodi
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State endured one of his worst episodes of humiliation when he was booed and heckled in Oshodi.
The governor visited the area to inspect ongoing government projects especially the Oshodi Transport interchange and the proposed Oshodi Shopping Mall.
When completed, the Transport interchange will be the busiest transport interchange in West Africa, with over 5,600 buses loading there daily.
The governor was said to have arrived the area with some of his aides in the evening of October 10.
As his convoy snaked through the popular Agege Motor Road, it turned out to be one of the most embarrassing moments for Ambode since he was elected governor of the state 2 and half years ago .
Throughout the inspection of the projects, the governor looked uneasy and wordlessly walked the project sites.
Crowds jeered him to the point that he could not even address them.
Shouts of ‘ole’, ‘thief’, ‘PDP’, “o ni wole mo” (you will not be elected again) filled the air.
It was gathered the some people in the crowd threw pure water in the governor’s direction.
Some of the aggrieved people were said to have shouted on top of their voices, telling the governor to stop wasting time looking for votes in the area.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) performed woefully in the area in the 2015 general lections, losing the Federal and State House of Assembly seats to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Attempts by notable leaders in the area including Musiliu Akinsanya also known as Oluomo to calm frayed nerves fell on deaf ears.
It appears everything was going wrong for the governor on this particular visit.
As this drama unfolded, security aides attached to the governor kept their cool by not heightening tension.
But why would the people boo the governor?
Bounce News gathered that the people of the area particularly traders are not happy with the maltreatment they get from security personnel, particularly Lagos State Task Force.
The traders alleged that sometimes the security personnel would seize their goods and regularly extort money from them.
In trying to execute part of their mandate of stopping street trading, the officials also cuts corners ro make the occasional quick buck.
Bounce News on Tuesday witnessed how the hawkers, mostly women selling perishables ranging from groundnuts, fruits and soft drinks ran away clutching their goods as the task force officials arrived.
“They destroy our goods and properties. And sometimes we get injured while running from arrest,” one of the traders told Bounce News.
Aside the traders, commercial drivers operating in the area are also not happy with the governor.
The governor had in the last few months moved them to different locations.
Presently, he has holed them in the long stretch of road beside the railway line in Oshodi.
Some of the NURTW units, who could not be accommodated in the new arrangement have been forced to relocate to inner streets like Oshodi Road and Boladale Street in search of passengers.
The drivers are also not happy with Ambode’s plan to stop yellow buses, otherwise known as Danfo, from plying Lagos roads.
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