Yaba overpass, others will end train-vehicular crashes, says Lagos gov., Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, said his administration was concerned about the safety of Lagosians, hence, the construction of bridges across rail lines in the state.

The governor, who spoke during the unveiling of the Yaba Overpass at Tejuosho Junction, Yaba, on Thursday, said his government commenced the construction of four bridges across rail lines between Oyingbo and Ikeja to stop the “avoidable fatal accidents on railway crossings.”

The Yaba Overpass, which is to serve the Red Line rail station, is a T-bridge design, which is one of the five bridges the Lagos State Government was apportioned for construction out of 10 to separate vehicular and train traffic. The Federal Government is to handle the remaining five.

Speaking at the inauguration, Sanwo-Olu said, “About three years ago, we commenced the construction of four bridges across rail lines between Oyingbo and Ikeja. The bridges, located at Ikeja, Mushin, Yaba and Oyingbo, are designed to ensure the safety of our people.

“Over the years, we have recorded avoidable fatal accidents on railway crossings, most of the time due to human errors. We recall the last one which occurred in March this year at PWD/Ikeja GRA level crossing involving a Lagos State government staff bus. Sadly, lives were lost and people suffered varying degrees of injury in that accident.

“Today’s ceremony is, therefore, significant because, with this overpass and others at Ikeja, Mushin and Oyingbo, which will be formally opened before the end of the year, there will be no more occurrence of train-vehicular accidents at these locations.”

The governor, while speaking on the projected completion of the Red Line rail before the end of the year, said the construction of the Green, Purple and Orange Lines rail system would commence soon.

“It’s my pleasure to announce that three additional rail lines will be added soon, because we’ve done extensive feasibility and viability studies. The Green Line is a 68km rail route from Marina all the way to the Lekki Free Trade Zone. The Purple Line is a 60km length all the way from the Redemption camp in Ogun State to Ojo Majority in Lagos West region. And, of course, we also want to do the Orange Line, from Agbowa in Ikorodu to Ikeja,” he said.

He added that the implementation of the rail lines across the state “will improve the travel experience of our people, reduce congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve their lifestyles.”

Sanwo-Olu called on residents of the state to take ownership of the transport projects across the state and protect them.

He also warned that the bridges are not to be turned into places where traders display their wares.

“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, our transport projects have been implemented at a huge cost. We should not feel unconcerned when societal enemies are bent on destroying our commonwealth. We should be concerned because great societies are built and sustained when their people take ownership of their infrastructure.

“I, therefore, ask you all to protect this bridge from vandals and other societal enemies.

“For the avoidance of doubt, let me reiterate that this bridge is not a marketplace; the steps, ramps, and sidewalks are not for displaying wares.

(Punch)

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BREAKING: APC, Sanwo-Olu win as Tribunal dismisses PDP, LP’s petitions on Lagos guber

Babajide Sanwo-Olu and All Progressives Party have won again as the Lagos Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed the petitions brought by Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour and the Labour Party, and Olajide Adediran, also known as Jandor of the People’s Democratic Party, challenging the victory of March 18 governorship election.

Jandor had contested the results of the March 18 governorship election in Lagos state, challenging the victory of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat.

Justice Mikhail Abdullah announced the decision while delivering judgment on the objections raised by the respondents in the case.

Details later…

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Sanwo-Olu, Hamzat ticket inseparable, says tribunal

The Lagos Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has said that the governorship ticket of Babajide Sanwo-Olu and that of his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat are one ticket and inseparable.

Justice Mikhail Abdullahi stated this while delivering judgment in the objection of PDP candidate Olajide Adediran against the election of Governor Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat in the March 18 election in the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu and Hamzat are the 2nd and 3rd respondents in the petition.

The tribunal held that this issue has been decided in a number of cases and went on to hold that a deputy governor and governor are not separate candidates.

The tribunal also held that they are not required to pay a separate security deposit.

The petitioner, Adediran a.k.a Jandor, had also asked the tribunal to decide whether a person who lost an election could be joined as a respondent in an election petition.

Adediran had joined the Candidate of the Labour Party, Rhodes-Vivour as a respondent in his petition.

Citing a list of decided cases, the tribunal held that a petition is contemplated to be filed between the winner and the loser of an election and not between two persons who lost.

The tribunal therefore upheld the prelim objection of the 2nd and 3rd respondents and subsequently struck out the name of the 5th respondent, Rhodes-Vivour from the petition filed by Ade.

The tribunal also expunged from its records all exhibits tendered in evidence by Rhodes-Vivour in the petition filed by Adediran.

The tribunal held that Rhodes-Vivour cannot subsequently go on to challenge any part of the judgment of the Jandor’s petition or else he becomes a meddlesome interloper.

In a similar vein, the tribunal held that the 6th respondent, the Labour Party, ought not to have made a respondent in Adediran and the PDP’s petition.

The name of the party was subsequently struck out for being improperly joined.

All evidence and exhibits concerning the party were also expunged from the tribunal’s records.

The Tribunal however disagreed with the objections made by the APC & its candidate that the Mis joinder of the LP & its candidate was a ground for striking out the petition.

The tribunal held, “That the 5th and 6th respondent ought not to have been made respondents to the petition cannot rob the tribunal of the jurisdiction to hear the parties. The question of misjoinder cannot lead to a striking out of the petition as the proper order to make is to strike out the names of the parties”.

“Already the name of the 5th respondent has been struck out and the 6th respondent who has been found to be improperly joined is also ordered to be struck out”.

Details shortly…

(Nation)

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Lagos guber: Court to deliver judgment on Sanwo-Olu’s victory September 25

The Lagos State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal has fixed a date to deliver judgment on petitions brought before it after the 2023 election.

The judgement will be delivered on Monday, September 25.

The governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour made this disclosure on Saturday.

Via a post on X, Rhodes-Vivour said he has been told that the ruling will be delivered on Monday.

He posted, “We have just been informed that judgement on our election petition at the tribunal will be delivered on Monday, the 25th of September.”

Rhodes-Vivour, alongside the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abdul-Azeez Adediran approached the tribunal with their separate petitions.

Citing electoral fraud, among other claims, the two parties are asking the tribunal to nullify the re-election of governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Each of them wants to be declared winner of the election.

(Daily Post)

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A’Court affirms APC’s victory in Lagos senatorial election

The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Saturday affirmed Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni of the All Progressives Congress as the winner of the Lagos Central Senatorial District election.

The PDP candidate, Francis Gomez, through his team of lawyers led by Joseph Daudu (SAN), contended among other things that the APC and its candidate did not secure the majority of lawful votes cast in the election.

He alleged that the election was characterised by irregularities and corrupt practices, asking the court to declare him the authentic winner of the election.

But the court in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of justices dismissed the appeal by the PDP candidate, saying the appeal lacked merit.

(Punch)

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Lagos Blue Line Rail commences operations next Monday – Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has announced that the long-awaited Blue Line Rail will start commercial operations next month, September 4.

The announcement was contained in a post on his social media platform X, on Wednesday.

According to the Governor, it will commence with partial passenger operations from 6:30-10 am and afternoon peak from 4-9:30 pm.

Sanwo-Olu informed Lagos residents that the rail operations would start with 12 trips for two weeks, ramping up to 76 trips/day, saying they would be able to board the train using their Lagos Cowry Card.

He added, “the Blue Line Rail is one of the rail projects designed to make Lagos a fully interconnected city and it will transform our city’s transport system”.

“I am delighted to announce that the long-awaited Blue Line Rail will begin commercial operations on Monday September 4, 2023, from Marina to Mile 2 as we put #LagosOnTrack.

“Join me at 9am at Marina Station as we become the first passengers of this important project that will make daily commute easier for a lot of our residents.

“From Tuesday, partial passenger operations will begin from 6:30-10am and afternoon peak from 4-9:30pm.

“We’re starting with 12 trips for 2 weeks, ramping up to 76 trips/day and you would be able to board the train using your Lagos Cowry Card,” part of his statement read.

(Daily Post)

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Lagos speaker breaks silence on ‘fight’ with Sanwo-Olu, rejection of Commissioner-nominees

The Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa has insisted that lawmakers are not “fighting” Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

His comments came about a week after the Lagos State House of Assembly rejected 17 of the 39 commissioner-nominees sent by Sanwo-Olu for screening.

Obasa, who presided over the plenary session on Monday, said no matter the threat by some persons, the Assembly will not reveal what it discovered during the screening of the rejected commissioner-nominees.

The Speaker also insisted he is trying to protect his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“So, I am trying to protect my party and I would continue to do that but we are not going to sacrifice service to our people in the name of technocrats, no.

“If anybody is interested to know why we have taken such decision, he should approach the House.

“The House, as a body, restrains itself from exposing what was discovered during the screening exercise and we would not be forced to spill it,” Obasa said.

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