The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Buhari of banning Okadas and tricycles better known as Keke Napeps in the state of Lagos.

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In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party claimed that, following the ban on the use of commercial motorcycles and tricycles (Keke Marwa) in the state, the overwhelming ordeals faced by the state residents of Lagos should be blamed on President Buhari, who, in 1985, ended the initial Lagos Metro Rail Line project launched by the government of Alhaji Lateef Jakande to facilitate the development of the Metro Rail Line.

In its claim, the PDP said that if President Buhari had not ended the laudable project of the state government of Lagos, Lagosians would not have suffered from the transport infrastructure deficit they face today.

”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 slowed down and almost crippled 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.

However, the leaders of the state of Lagos have consistently called for special status recognition by the legislature, which is supposed to ease the infrastructural quagmire of the state.

One would have thought that, with the level of support that Lagosian reportedly given to President Buhari in 2015 and 2019, Mr. President would have addressed the needs of the state as the commercial nerve center of our country.

In addition, the APC, as a party, failed to call on its federal government to resolve the infrastructure problems in Lagos.

Such an attitude towards the creation of a city like Lagos indicates that the APC has no interest in the growth of our country and the welfare of our people.

 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 attitude to governance is the marked difference between our party and the anti-people APC” the party said in its statement

The PDP 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.

The party said the Federal Government should also apologize to Lagos state for terminating the metro rail line and take urgent steps to address the transport situation of the state.