The Peoples Democratic Party in
Lagos State has denied rumours
making the rounds that it is
behind the recent call for the
probe of Governor Akinwunmi
Ambode’s predecessor,
Babatunde Fashola (SAN).

Nonetheless, the PDP urged
Governor Ambode to probe the
immediate past administration of
Fashola.

The PDP, which denied having
complicity in the alleged
acrimony rocking the All
Progressives Congress in Lagos,
however, advised the APC leaders
in the state to face the
allegations instead of
blackmailing or dragging the
opposition party into its internal
strife.

It also reiterated its commitment
to providing vibrant opposition
to the incumbent administration.

“As long as we notice any
‘misgovernance’, we will blow
the whistle. We shall not relent in
doing this constructive
opposition.

It does not matter whether it
coincides with efforts of other
groups or interests in the state.

We shall commend when
appropriate and condemn when
inevitable in good faith for good
governance and expected
growth of Lagos State”, the PDP
Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani,
said in a statement on Sunday.

According to Gani, the call for a
probe of Fashola by the Coalition
Against Corrupt Leaders relating
to alleged fraud during the
former governor’s administration
has vindicated the PDP’s
persistent stance that “the
Fashola administration was a
fluke”.

“Indeed, several times during his
administration, we had shouted
that the governor was running a
propagandist government and
that the state was being plunged
into avoidable local and foreign
debts.

“With over N27bn monthly
internally generated revenue, the
state does not need to borrow to
carry out projects”, the statement
added.

The PDP spokesman further
claimed that Fashola deliberately
embarked on projects that were
not feasible in the next 20 years.

“He got loans to complete such
projects within eight years only
to mismanage and or divert such
loans.

Under Fashola, the SUREP funds
well over N32bn meant for the
state could not reflect in any
project and was not accounted
for.

The local and foreign debts of
about N1tn is there for Lagosians
to pay through over-taxation.

“The PDP has consequently
supported and charged Ambode
to probe his predecessor. The
incumbent governor must speak
out now! Anything short of a
categorical statement as to
whether Fashola is clean or not is
a disservice to the state.

Lagosians want to know what
the new occupier of the office
met, especially the actual amount
of loan collected”, the statement
said.

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