By Okunade Adekunle
Following the call for the resignation of the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, has described the call as a means through which the PDP wants to govern the state through backdoor, saying that such call remains the wish of frustrated opposition battling its permanent implosion.
The APC while reacting to the PDP’s counsel to Sanwo-Olu to resign due to the recent incident in the state, in a statement issued on Sunday by its State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Seye Oladejo, stated that the unfortunate event of the past two weeks which took off as a peaceful nationwide protest and snowballed to the breakdown of law and order remains regrettable and distasteful, stating that to any discerning and unbiased mind, it was not the time for blame game but to heal the wounds, provide succor and an environment to prevent a re-occurrence.
While commending Sanwo-Olu, the party stressed that the role of the governor as a topmost crisis manager was not lost on all and sundry.
APC further stated ” The visits to the various hospitals treating the injured and the motivation and incentives provided for the members of the Nigeria Police Force are remarkably commendable.
“It is expedient to yield space to the fact finding panel that has already commenced work to deliver on its mandate. It is lawless and self-serving to pre-empt the panel’s findings.
“The fact that the wanton destruction of public properties, utilities and individual investment in Lagos has thrown the PDP camp in to unprecedented jubilation is loaded with meaning.
“The PDP in Lagos state that suddenly came to life in the past week owes the innocent members of the public detailed explanation about its ignominious and condemnable role in the mayhem. The intermittent falsehood about governance in the state fed to the unsuspecting public fanned the ember of the unprecedented violence which has left in its wake sorrow, tears and blood.
“The daylight murder of police officers and the razing of several stations across the state has no doubt taken its toll on our security architecture. The state government is working assiduously to provide temporary accommodation to forestall the breakdown of law and order. We are persuaded by the firm assurance of the governor to revamp our losses in no time”.
“The dream of PDP to govern Lagos state through the back door after persistent rejection at the polls remains a nightmare.
“You will heed good counsel to approach the fact finding panel with whatever jaundiced opinion you have rather than the needless undemocratic postulations.
“The Lagos state government, ably led by Mr Babajide Sanwo-olu remains undaunted and can not be distracted in delivering on its social contract with the people.
“The flag-off ceremony of the reconstruction of the Eleko to Epe T- junction road is an eloquent testimony that governance is not on recess in our state.
“The security of lives and property and all-round development remain the priority of the Lagos state government.
“The call for resignation remains the wish of a frustrated opposition battling its permanent implosion”, said Lagos APC in the statement.
Recall that the PDP in a statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, had advised Sanwo-Olu to resign as the governor of the state, claiming that he had been overwhelmed by the issues of governance.
The PDP statement reads ” The Peoples Democratic Party, Lagos state chapter, has counseled the Executive Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwoolu, to consider the honorable option of resignation, as the governor of the state at this time in view of the obvious multiple collapse of pillars of good governance in the state, particularly in the last 10days. According to the PDP, this counseling is in good faith and for the overall interest of the state, stating that if this State continues to experience the collapses in next 72hours, it may suffer a declaration of state of emergency, a step that would likely deprive all.
“The PDP opines that it is even more expedient for the governor to welcome the counselling to step aside now that the Nigerian Army had revealed him as the person who invited the soldiers to go quell the Lekki protests which has led to unfortunate fatalities and grievous injuries.
“Obviously Lagosians can no longer trust a governor who denies his conspiracy actions in government. Babajide Sanwoolu has no moral standing worth being proud of and he should admit this and honorably leave the stage as governor of the state. Lagos is held down by his recent misdeeds. Sanwoolu has done his best but not good enough to propel the state to greater development heights. The state is now very inadequate in areas of Security, Commerce, infrastructure, Government – Citizens Trust, etc.
“The anarchical traffic situations, Corruption in state services, high-handedness, favoritism in the state is disturbing.
“The PDP further opined that the governor had become overwhelmed by the issues and now panicky.
“Indeed we have been vindicated that Sanwoolu was never prepared for the Seat but hurriedly seconded to be governor”, said Lagos PDP.