Lagos didn’t fund Sanwo-Olu’s election legal battle – Commissioner


The Lagos State Government denied on Monday that the state sponsored Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s post-election legal dispute, as claimed by Labour Party candidate Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour.

In a statement responding to the claim, Commissioner of Information Gbenga Omotoso declared that it was not accurate and was a plot to deceive the public.

Omotoso stated that while a payment request was submitted, it was denied by the governor when the Attorney General discovered an anomaly in it.

The commissioner urged those scrutinising the finances of the state to base such inquiry on verified facts.

The statement read, “A post on ‘X’ by Labour Party (LP) candidate Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, on November 19, 2023, alleged – without any proof whatsoever – that the Lagos State Government funded Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s legal dispute after the March 18, 2023 election. This is not true.

“The allegation was supported by a document that neither carried the logo of the Lagos State Government nor the endorsement of any of its officials. It was simply another ploy to deceive the public about a non-existent payment of N50,000,000 to four lawyers.

“While it is worthwhile for patriotic individuals to scrutinise the finances of the Lagos State Government, the outcome of such inquiry must always be based on verified facts and nothing but the truth.

“The transaction referenced by Mr. Rhodes-Vivour never took place. There was a payment request, which was not approved by Mr. Governor when the Honourable Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice drew his attention to it because it was irregular.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will never misappropriate public funds in defiance of his Oath of Office”.