Lagos commercial transport workers are now mandated to pay 500 naira for campaign stickers donated to Bola Tinubu’s presidential campaign in a new phase of political recklessness ahead of the 2023 general election.
A video recording of the new development which exposed a Lagos State Park Management Committee officer, led by Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, forcibly taping the campaign stickers on a resisting motorist is now gone viral.
In the video, the park management officer was seen harassing a motorist who refused to purchase the sticker. “You will have to meet with the president (MC Oluomo) for questions,” the officer said while struggling with the motorist.
The video was posted by human rights activist Rinu Oduala, who claims Mr Tinubu’s self-proclaimed political structure is based on “criminality, tyranny and fraud”.
“If they ask you about structure, it’s the structure of crime, tyranny and fraud they have to win elections,” Ms Oduala tweeted.
This is the latest flagrant abuse of political privilege by Mr Tinubu, who has continued to unleash economic violence against residents of Nigeria’s commercial capital.
Earlier in January, Peoples Gazette reported how Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had increased the monthly payment from Mr Tinubu’s tax collection company, Alpha Beta, from N800 million to N2.5 billion, to to finance the presidential candidacy of Mr. Tinubu.
The former governor of Lagos has also been individually accused of using his position during his tenure as governor to create multiple means of systemic extortion by handing over critical state revenue collection sectors to consultancy firms in which he has interests.
Informal revenue collection in Lagos continues to be coordinated by those close to Mr. Tinubu or loyal loyalists. Market fees are coordinated by his daughter, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo and transport tolls by MC Oluomo, a die-hard loyalist.
Calls and messages sent to Tinubu’s campaign organization spokesman Dele Alake, seeking his comment on the matter, were not returned at the time of this report.