On Tuesday in Ikeja, the Lagos State government denied Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour’s (the Labour Party’s) claims of financial misconduct against Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was running for governor on March 18.
On November 19th, Rhodes-Vivour claimed on Twitter that Sanwo-Olu had used public funds to pay for his response to LP’s petition challenging his election.
He claimed that the governor had given N50 million to four solicitors out of state funds.
Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, commissioner for information and strategy, responded to the accusation by saying that Rhodes-Vivour’s claim was unfounded.
There was no such thing as a payment of N50 million to four solicitors; the accusation was just another attempt to mislead the people.
A thorough investigation of the state of Lagos’s finances is a worthy endeavour, but any conclusions drawn from such a study must be grounded in confirmed facts and the truth alone.
“The deal that Mr. Rhodes-Vivour was referring to never really happened.
After being brought to the governor’s notice by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, a payment request was rejected due to its irregularities.
“To clear the air, Governor Sanwo-Olu will never violate his oath of office by embezzling public funds,” the commissioner stated.
Omotoso pointed out that the document Rhodes-Vivour used to back up his claim did not include the official seal or logo of the Lagos State Government, and neither of its officials had signed it.