Sanwo-Olu has announced that he will not participate in the Lagos governorship debate.
He said he made the decision because he cannot share the same podium with the PDP candidate.
The Lagos governor accused the opposition party of fomenting violence in the state.
Eko Hot Blog reports that Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced that he will not be participating at The Platform Governorship Debate.
The debate is set to hold on Sunday, January 29, 2023.
The Lagos Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, announced the governor’s boycott of the event in a statement on Saturday evening.
According to Omotoso, the state government was troubled by reports of violent shooting in the Surulere area of the state.
He said the government believed the “evil actors” to be PDP “henchmen.”
Omotoso noted that the situation and advice from “competent sources” have prompted Sanwo-Olu to boycott the upcoming debate.
The commissioner added that the governor will not share the same podium with the PDP governorship candidate, Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor), anywhere else.
“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 “ the statement reads.
“Security agencies are investigating the video, which has gone viral on the 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 being together with PDP and its agents of violence.
“Consequently, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu regrets to announce that he will not be participating at 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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