By Enyichukwu Enemanna
Human Rights Lawyer and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has taken a swipe at Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for allegedly abandoning governance in the nation’s commercial capital to chase after the presidential bid party chieftain of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to Adegboruwa, Sanwo-Olu has since the declaration of Tinubu relegated governance to the background and took up the position of Tinubu’s unofficial Campaign Manager, his media strategist and personal anchorman, insisting that the governor has hardly been in office.
In a statement on Saturday, Adegboruwa while commending the recent ban on the operation of commercial motorcycle riders popularly known as ‘okada’ in parts of Lagos, condemned to unavailability of Sanwo-Olu to monitor its implementation.
He said the ban has brought about daily crisis and therefore needs careful enforcement.
The statement read in part, “The rainy season in Lagos is always a bitter experience for Lagosians in flooding, heavy traffic and other casualties, but the Governor has not been on his seat to address issues related to this. Crime has been on the increase in Lagos lately.
“No doubt state resources will be involved in these campaign activities and most government officials will cash in on the absence of the Governor to also abandon their responsibilities, either to pursue their political other business interests.
“There are many more grave consequences attendant upon the decision of the Governor to abdicate his constitutional responsibilities in pursuit of the political ambition of the APC presidential flag bearer.”
He therefore appealed to Governor Sanwo-Olu to return to Lagos and assume his constitutional responsibilities of functional governance.
According to Adegboruwa, the governor was not elected as Campaign Manager of politicians but as an administrator.
Recall that the governor and some of his counterparts have in recent times been visible in Abuja following the heightened political activities in the nation’s capital.
One of such was the recently concluded special convention of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) in which the former Lagos governor emerged the party’s presidential flagbearer.