Babatunde Fashola has things to hide, the PDP in Lagos State says.
In the wake of the Lagos State Government barring its officials from speaking to the media, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has said that Babatunde Fashola, the state governor, has run short of ideas on how to govern the state.
In a statement in Lagos, the PDP criticised the state governor for his continued use of the state as an experiment.
“We make bold to say that Governor Fashola is now obviously fatigued of ideas to further govern Lagos State,” Tunji Shelle, Chairman of the Lagos State Chapter of the PDP said in a statement.
“He is now so overwhelmed by the self imposed pressures and no more has original ideas for Lagosians,” Mr. Shelle added.
The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN – led Lagos State government had on Monday, issued a circular compelling its officials – public and political office holders – to secure a clearance from the Ministry of Information before granting interviews to the press.
The PDP stated that Mr. Fashola is gradually turning his leadership of the state into a “fascist regime.”
“Governor Fashola order shows that he has skeletons in his cupboard and desperate to cover up his misdeeds, even If he has to turn the state into a fully Fascist State,” Mr. Shelle, a retired Captain, said.
“Similarly, such a step pre supposes that all is not well in Alausa and the Governor is panicking,” he added.
The gag order had also attracted widespread condemnation from civil society organizations; and the PDP says that the move is a testament to the elitist nature of Mr. Fashola’s government.
The party also accused Mr. Fashola of banning some media houses, in the past, whom he dubbed ‘anti-ACN’ from covering government activities at the state secretariat.
“No wonder the Lagos State House of Assembly is so slow to domesticate the FOI (Freedom of Information) Act, which would allow private persons to get information on the workings of the government,” Mr. Shelle said.
“We have said severally that Governor Fashola is not on the seat to serve Lagosians selflessly.
“We have equally stated too that the huge IGR (Internally Generated Revenue), now over N40 billion monthly, are being shared between the Governor and the ACN leadership.
“Now that the Governor is jittery and has come out to ban his Commissioners and Senior Civil servants from speaking to the Press, then he has admitted failure and misdeeds. We are now indeed vindicated,” said Mr. Shelle.
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