Sanwo-Olu Denies Driving against Traffic, Plans to Fix Bad Roads in Lagos


Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has denied the allegation that he drove against traffic in Lagos, saying the claim was unfounded.

A video of a convoy allegedly belonging to the governor filmed driving against traffic to beat gridlock surfaced on social media recently which attracted criticisms.

Those who reacted to the video knocked the governor and criticised him for not being proactive enough to fix the bad roads in the state. 

However,  Executive Assistant, New Media and Public Relations to the governor, Mr Olusegun Michael Fafore in a statement on Wednesday, said the narrative of the governor driving against traffic because of gridlock is “a figment of the imagination of the director of the false movie.”

He said the vehicle in the video did not belong to Mr Sanwo-Olu, adding that the governor has never driven against traffic for any reason as Lagos Governor.

Mr Fafore stressed that the governor has been at the forefront of campaign against traffic rules violation in the state, noting that it was inconceivable that he would flout the same rules. 

“Driving against traffic is an abhorrent conduct, unbefitting of any responsible citizen. Consequently, no individual in our State, no matter their status, has the right to drive against traffic except in emergency situations, and with due clearance by the Traffic Officer(s) onsite. 

“Strangely, the video making rounds has shown that there are still individuals amongst us who have refused to heed the call for responsible road-use behaviour. This act of irresponsibility has made the enforcement of traffic rules and regulations a responsibility of every Lagosian. 

“Consequently, when any anybody is seen driving against traffic or disobeying traffic rules, we should film them in the act, with their vehicle plate number visible, and forward to the LASTMA telephone numbers provided for reporting such infractions,” he said. 

The spokesman also noted that the governor does not use sirens, stop traffic flow or block the road whenever he is commuting within the state because of his “belief that everyone has equal rights to the roads.”

He added that Governor Sanwo-Olu will deploy a team of contractors to undertake comprehensive rehabilitation works in multiple locations across the state in the coming weeks.