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Incessant Building Collapse: Why Sanwo-Olu Must Resign, Jandor Campaign Organisation Speaks



Jandor4Governor Campaign Organization, the political group handling the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Lagos State, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, also called Jandor, has sought the resignation of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, over incessant building Collapse across the state.

The group in a press conference on Wednesday stated that deaths from collapsed buildings are avoidable, and stressed that it is not the best of times for the good people of the state because of the high spate of preventable loss of lives from incessant cases of building collapse in the centre of excellence is quite worrisome, saddening and disheartening.

The communique which was signed by Gbenga Ogunleye the Head of Media, and Communications stated: “There is no doubt that you gentlemen of the press are also as concerned as all well-meaning and all right-thinking Nigerians about the problem that seemed to have lingered due to rudderless and irresponsibility of relevant authorities.

“The clear show of insensitivity and ineptitude on the part of the state government is very disturbing.

“The recent case of the building collapse in Victoria Island where six people died is one case too many. It is obvious that the death of the victims was preventable. It is a clear case of dereliction of duty and this act is criminal,” the communique noted.

The group maintained that admittance by the government that the building had no relevant building approvals indicated the governor was not prepared to govern but brought by a godfather who has always compensated his lieutenants with the governance of Lagos.

“It is not enough that the government official assigned to the Ministry concerned, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development resigned.

“Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu has failed the entire Lagosians, not only the victims of this current incident and the over 100 people who died in about 47 cases of building collapse between 2019 to date in the state. The Governor’s failure to ensure due diligence on the governance process by engagement of competent personnel established his culpability.

“It is expected that the Governor himself should have resigned instead of the arranged scapegoating of asking his commissioner to quit.

“He has made many unfulfilled promises to prevent these disasters and the attendant avoidable deaths. His insensitivity and display of disregard for human lives by showing up at a social event in the faraway United States to present an award while the blood of the victims was still warm, is condemnable,” the communique added.

The group stated that the Building Collapse Prevention Guild (BCPG), an advocacy group of built environment professionals, 2019 revealed that 36,000 potential collapsed buildings were waiting to happen in Lagos, pointing out that the government did nothing to arrest the issue.

“According to industry experts, between 2019 and the recent incident, Lagos State officially recorded about 47 building collapse cases, not taking into account those that were not reported such as the Itamaga, Ikorodu incident, Idumota partial building collapse, and another at Shangisha, Magodo among several others.

“On November 1, 2021, a 21-storey building in the Ikoyi area of Lagos collapsed where over 44 persons were confirmed dead.

The group stressed that the tragedy continued on November 2, 2021, when a two-storey building caved in Osapa London, in the Lekki area of Lagos after a midnight downpour.

“On November 17, 2021, a two-storey building under construction at Flour Mill Estate, Magbon, in the Olorunda Local Council Development Area in Badagry, collapsed, killing four people.

“Ten people were killed when a three-storey building collapsed in the Ebute-Metta area of Lagos in May this year. To mention just a few.

“One of the national newspapers had earlier reported that over 200 persons have lost their lives in major building collapse incidents in Lagos State in the last seven years. The tragic collapse of the seven-storey building on Victoria Island does present an opportunity for a responsible government to improve its response to such disasters and prevent a recurrence by enforcing safety regulations, fighting corruption in the process, and partnering with the industry experts as well as relevant professional bodies in ensuring global best practices in monitoring and evaluation.

The communique added, “The ceaseless pains of the good people of Lagos state in the 23 years of bad governance of the ruling party must stop. The clueless and inept Governor will do the people a lot of good by stepping aside.

“Lagos PDP as the only credible alternative will birth a breath of fresh air and champion the cause of the masses,” the communique further stated.

According to the group, the People’s Governor, Dr. Abdul-Azeez Olajide Adediran, has sympathized with the families of the victims and assured all residents of the state that the government of the PDP that they are yearning to install in the 2023 general elections will put a stop to the painful episodes.

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Peter Obi To Soludo: Politics Beyond Partisanship, Should Be Free From Tribal, Religious Affiliations



Mr Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, has maintained that politics should transcend partisanship and be free from tribal and religious affiliations.

Obi, a former Governor of Anambra State, made the statement in a post via his verified Twitter handle on Saturday.

His statement followed the celebration of Governor Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s one year in office, which he attended.

Obi said he would continue to pray for Soludo.

He wrote, “I was in Awka, Anambra State, today for the celebration of Gov. Chukwuma Charles Soludo’s one year in office. As a firm believer in building a better society, I maintain that politics should transcend partisanship and be free from tribal and religious affiliations.

“We all must join hands to build a better society for all. I congratulate my very dear brother and Governor, Prof @CCSoludo, as he marks his first year in office. I will continue to pray for, and wish him well in office. May he succeed.

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INEC To Issue Certificates Of Return To Governors-Elect, Others From March 29



INEC has fixed Wednesday, March 29 to Friday March 31 as days for the issuance of Certificates of Return to governors, deputy governors-elect and states Houses of Assembly members-elect.

Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Mr Festus Okoye made the declaration in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday.

“By the provisions of Section 72(1) of the Electoral Act 2022, the Commission is mandated to issue a certificate of return within 14 days to every candidate who has been returned elected under the law.

“Pursuant to the provision, the Commission has fixed Wednesday March 29, Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31 for the issuance of Certificates of Return to those elected on March 18.

“The presentation will take place in INEC offices in each state of the federation,’’ Okoye stated.

He added that specific dates for the issuance of the certificates would be communicated to those elected by the Resident Electoral Commissioners and Administrative Secretaries of the various states. (NAN).

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#ENDSARS: Sanwo-Olu Orders Payment Of N5m To Assaulted Uber Driver



The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered the payment of N5 million compensation to an Uber driver, Adedotun Clement, who was assaulted by security operatives during an #ENDSARS anniversary rally in the state in October 2021.

Justice Ambrose Lewis-Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Lagos, had on March 14 ordered the state government and Nigeria Police Force to pay the sum while ruling on an application filed by the driver.

Clement was assaulted by police operatives and members of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency during a rally to mark the first anniversary of the #ENDSARS protest near the Lekki Toll Gate in the state.

The governor, who confirmed the development on his Twitter handle on Saturday, said he had directed the state’s Attorney- General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN) to set up a meeting with the driver and pay him the compensation awarded by the court.

He reaffirmed his commitment to the rule of law in the state.

Sanwo-Olu wrote: “Good evening Lagos, as governor, I’m committed to upholding the rule of law and protecting citizens’ rights with empathy and authority.

“I recently became aware of the case involving Mr. Clement Adedotun and the judgement by the Federal High Court, and I understand the impact this legal battle has had on him.

“After reviewing Mr. Clement’s case, I’ve directed the Honorable Attorney General to set up a meeting and pay him the compensation awarded by the court.”

The governor, who confirmed that the state government has appealed the ruling, said he ordered the payment of the compensation for the good of the society.

“Although the State Government has appealed the ruling, I’ve interceded in this instance in the interest of the public good and requested that the State’s Attorney General comply with the court’s ruling.

“As a strong advocate for the rule of law, I commend all parties for seeking justice through the appropriate channels, and I remain committed to upholding the rights of all Lagosians,” he added.

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