Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Governor Sanwo-Olu Denies Paying Lawyers N50m From State Funds
Yinka Olajoyetan, Lagos
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has denied paying four lawyers N50million from the State coffers, labelling documents being paraded by Labour Party (LP) Governorship candidate Mr. Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour as fake.
In a statement issued by the Honourable Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, the State government said the document being paraded by the Labour Party (LP) candidate neither carried the logo of the Lagos State Government nor the endorsement of any of its officials.
According to the statement which was shared on X in the early hours of Tuesday (today), “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 ofN50,000,000 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 Honorable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice drew his attention to it because it is irregular.
 “For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will never misappropriate public funds in defiance of his Oath of Office
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