Indications emerged that plans are already in top gear for the handover of power in Lagos State to the incoming administration.
Recall that Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared winner of the governorship election in the state by the electoral umpire.
According to Daily Post, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday inaugurated a 20-man Transition Committee. The governor was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello.
The handover is expected to take place on May 29, 2019 as the Governor’s tenure will be elapsing on the said day.
Meanwhile, Bello and the deputy governor-elect, Obafemi Hamzat are the co-chairmen of the committee.
The committee is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring smooth transition of power from the outgoing administration of Ambode to the incoming to be led by Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In another development, another governorship candidate in the Lagos State election has made a surprising gesture.
Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, the Lagos State governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADC) said he will not contest the outcome of the governorship election in the state, but would prepare for the next election.
Gbadamosi told newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos that his decision was rooted in him having no confidence in the current electoral system, reports gather said: “My decision is to wait and contest the next election and hopefully, the votes will count then.
“I agree that the election in the state was an absolute fraud and a sham with many instances of open multiple voting recorded in places like Ikorodu, Lagos Island.However, I do not have any more resources to waste on a process in which I have no confidence.
We keep learning and I believe that the will of the people will surely prevail in future elections in the state.“
He also claimed that the fraud was carried out by known persons going from one polling unit to another, openly bearing firearms of all kinds.
Gbadamosi, however, advised INEC to put its house in order, to forestall most of the anomalies witnessed in the 2019 general elections in future polls.
He harped on the need to prosecute all those involved in electoral malpractices in the 2019 general elections to serve as deterrent to others.
The ADP candidate urged the incoming 9th National Assembly to come up with stiffer penalty for electoral offenders, to ensure much better polls in future.
However, Sanwo-Olu and his legal team sholud be preparing to defend his vcitory in court as more candidates inn the election are ready for another battle with him.
This came as Mr Owolabi Salis, the Lagos state governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) has approached the state Election Petitions Tribunal to challenge the victory of Sanwo-Olu.
Additionally, Mr Fagbemi Awamari, the governorship candidate of the Labour Party (LP) is challenging the outcome of the governorship election in Lagos State.
The two petitioners prayed the tribunal to upturn the results of the March 9 governorship election, claiming that the election was marred by voter intimidation, vote-buying and multiple voting, adding that Sanwo-Olu was not fit to contest the 2019 governorship election.
The candidates also sought a declaration of the tribunal that the pronouncement of Sanwo-Olu as the winner of the governorship election was null and void, and should be set aside based on the gross electoral fraud and/or gross electoral misconduct that characterised the governorship election in the state.
All eyes are now on the court to decide that next thing that will happen concerning the election.
Although, handover can take place, but whatever decision the court gives will be binding on all parties.