The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has lashed out at the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party for calling for the probe of Babatunde Fashola, the immediate past governor of the state.
In a statement Tuesday, the APC said that the Lagos PDP’s call for the probe of the former governor’s administration is a testament that the “jesting group” no longer have any meaningful contribution to the growth and progress of Lagos.
“As laughable and childish as PDP’s latest rant is, we dare say that we are not in the culture of dignifying confused thoughts of a cabal that is yet to live down their continued horrible fate in the hands of Lagosians,” Joe Igbokwe, the Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, said in the statement.
“With the historical defeat of the PDP from the center where they ran Nigeria to total bankruptcy and near collapse even with very bounteous oil earning, it is not difficult to locate why Lagos PDP is hit by a gale of total confusion that finds expression in the inchoate and disoriented ranting it spews out these days as press statements.
“The achievements in Lagos for the past 16 years of progressive politics need no repetition here. Lagosians know them and feel them. Nigerians know these and trumpet it but the woeful losers in Lagos PDP have chosen self denial in the vain thoughts that this will help their inordinate desire to corner power in Lagos when they have shown complete failure in the sixteen years they have misused and abused power in Nigeria.
“Fact is that for sixteen years, we have taught PDP a huge lesson in politics and leadership but they keep playing the ostrich thinking Lagosians are fools that will fall for their gimmicks. This is why PDP had been failing and will continue to fail in Lagos.”
The Lagos PDP had, on Sunday, expressed concern that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had not begun a probe of his predecessor’s administration.
According to the PDP, Mr. Fashola’s eight years were characterized by human rights violations as well as “digital and analogue” styles of stealing of public funds.
The party also stated that Mr. Ambode had failed to hit the ground running and urged the governor to terminate “white elephant projects” such as the ongoing Eko Atlantic City Project.
The APC said that the PDP was still suffering from a hangover caused by its defeat in the last general elections.
Mr. Igbokwe said that former president Goodluck Jonathan and his party failed despite unleashing billions of illicit dollars and pounds sterling to buy Lagosians.
“They went and procured hoodlums and touts of all shades and mobilized them to lay siege on Lagos and the APC with the hope of conquering Lagos, went and commissioned a very dangerous hate politics aimed at greatly dividing Lagosians along tribal lines, commissioned a cache of religious merchants to sell the rotten PDP message but these not only failed him and PDP woefully in Lagos but failed to prevent the huge defeat he and PDP suffered in the general elections,” said Mr. Igbokwe.
“Now with the center gone, with all compliments of unrestrained federal funding, looting of SURE-P funds by chieftains of PDP in Lagos, as elsewhere gone, with federal appointments gone and parastatals that the Lagos PDP chieftains freely feed from gone, the Lagos PDP in utter confusion, has resorted to making baseless demands and childish effusions in the hope to keep their sinking boat afloat but they are struggling in vain.”
Mr. Igbokwe said the PDP should, instead, prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe and punish those who looted Nigeria’s treasury dry in the past 16 years.
“They are not, rather they are asking Governor Ambode to ‘probe’ the poster regime for productive and accountable governance in this republic. What a party?”
“We want to let the lost and confused parodists in Lagos PDP know that Governor Ambode has hit the ground running just because he has a rich template of productive governance to continue with.
“That Lagos PDP is not seeing these, which every other Nigerian sees, is not surprising for PDP has no known ability to recognize good governance anywhere. If it has, it wouldn’t have wrecked Nigeria in one demolishing spree that an oil rich country is today cringing on all fours as the treasury has been emptied by chieftains of PDP, among whom are those that now parade themselves as chieftains of Lagos PDP.”