By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
Following the recent fund diversion allegation against the Executive Governor of Lagos state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, by the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP, Lagos Chapter), the ruling party in the state, All Progressives Congress ( APC) has berated the opposition party, saying that the allegation was ‘ false, reckless and unfounded’.
The Lagos APC in a statement issued on Wednesday by the State Publicity Secretary, Mr Seye Oladejo, explained that the false and unfounded allegation of the intention to divert resources of Lagos State was at best an admission of what obtains in the PDP whenever there was an election.
” Nigerians haven’t forgotten the Dasuki-gate which provided a looting spree in the name of elections.
” It’s also an open secret that the PDP has remained in permanent opposition in Lagos State because its leadership is gifted in looting election funds”, said Lagos APC.
The party stated further that the well thought choice of the Lagos State Governor to lead the election campaign was based on his well acknowledged remarkable performance in office despite the prevailing unusual challenge, stating that Sanwo-Olu was also known as a great manager of human and material resources.
” The characteristic wild and reckless allegation has shown the consistency of the warped state of mind of a frustrated opposition party that is determined to sell falsehood to the people.
” It’s laughable that you described Mr Governor as lacking political experience after successfully and effortlessly retiring your serial governorship candidate.
” However, the bad news is that the discerning general public find your bazaar like governorship primaries in Ondo and Edo states distasteful and have resolved to react accordingly with their votes.
” The release which can be regarded as crying wolves where there’s none can at best be described as prophetic of PDP’s imminent defeat in the coming elections.
” The disintegration of the PDP house of cards in Ondo State after the governorship primaries and the desperation of your Edo state candidate which led to the demolition of the state house of assembly are incontrovertible pointers”, said Lagos APC.
Meanwhile, in a separate statement issued on Wednesday by the Lagos PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Taofik Gani, the party raised the alarm of most likely diversion of Lagos funds into the APC Ondo state governorship contest.
According to the Party, “ the selection of Sanwoolu as Head of the APC ondo state governorship campaign council cannot be for his political experience but because the APC intends to use Lagos funds to run the Ondo elections. Just as we are already hinted that Sanwoolu has approved #25 Billion naira to support Ize Iyamu in Edo”.
The Party, therefore, urged the Lagos state commissioner for Finance and the Accountant general to prepare for accountability within the period of Edo and Ondo elections.
“ We will invite EFCC and also support legal protest against this selection targeted at diverting Lagos taxes in the face of colossal infrastructure inadequacies begging for attention in the State”, Lagos PDP threatened.
The party further urged Governor Sanwoolu to show empathy to lagosians by rejecting the appointment as head of APC campaign council, so as to concentrate on his quest to improve the state development.