Okada crisis: PDP blames Buhari for halting Lagos metro rail 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed President Muhammadu Buhari for what it observed as the excruciating ordeal Lagosians are facing following the ban on the use of commercial motorcycles and tricycles in the state.

While sympathizing with Nigerians living and working in Lagos, the main opposition party said there would have been no such ordeal if Buhari had in 1985, not terminated the initial Lagos Metro Rail Line project started by the government of Alhaji Lateef Jakande to facilitate mass transportation within Lagos, as Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, and surrounding cities.

In a statement issued in Abuja by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, the PDP stated that but for Buhari’s action on the laudable project by the Lagos State government, Lagosians would not be suffering the transportation infrastructure deficit they are faced with today.

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It, therefore, admonished the Federal Government to apologise to Lagos State for terminating the metro rail line and take urgent steps to address the transport situation of the state.

The statement added: “By now, Lagos State would have been boasting of state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure and facilities with an associated economic boom like her peers in other parts of the world.

“It is saddening to note that not only did the termination of the initial metro line slow down and almost cripple development in Lagos, President Buhari’s current administration has also continued to fail to take conclusive step to address the transportation challenges in Lagos, despite outcries by Nigerians.

“Furthermore, leaders of Lagos State have consistently demanded a special status recognition for the state, expectedly, to ease infrastructural quagmire of the state.

“One would have expected that with the level of support Lagosian reportedly gave to President Buhari in 2015 and 2019, Mr President would have addressed the needs of the state as a commercial nerve centre of our nation.

“Moreover, the APC, as a party, has failed in calling out its Federal Government to address the infrastructure challenges in Lagos.

“Such an attitude toward the development of a city such as Lagos shows that the APC has no interest in the growth of our nation and the welfare of our citizens.

“However, without prejudice to the reasons adduced by the Lagos State Government, for us in the PDP, as a party, which has the interest and wellbeing of the people at heart; alternatives ought to have been put in place before this ban. Such an attitude to governance is the marked difference between our party and the anti-people APC.”

The PDP, therefore, counselled the government of Lagos State to immediately adopt alternatives to ease the suffering of the people as their welfare ought to be its primary focus of governance.

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