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Fashola denies rift with Tinubu

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By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State Tuesday disclosed that the state executive members have approved temporary rehabilitation of the proposed Ikorodu -Mile 12 road pending the final redesigning and reconstruction of the road as part of measures to bring relief to road users.

Meanwhile, the governor also broke his silence on media reports, alleging that he is at loggerheads with his political godfather, and immediate past governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over political appointments and award of contracts.

Fashola who made the remarks while commissioning the largest skill acquisition centre in Ikorodu, Lagos, said the Ikorodu road got bad due to heavy pressure on it as it is the only link road from Lagos to Ikorodu.

He said his administration had approved the immediate reconstruction and expansion of the road, saying the redesigning as well as feasibility study were ongoing.

Fashola said in the meantime, a mitigation plan has been approved by the state executive council to provide succour on the road as part of the ongoing efforts of the state government to make transportation easier in the state.

On the rumoured rift Fashola described what has been reported as nothing but total falsehood.

According to him, “I am not fighting with Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I don’t know where they got their reports. It is totally false, don’t believe them, they are rumour mongers. I will get into politics when it is thick.”

Fashola who was earlier on at the passing out parade of the 2009, Batch B, Stream II of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Lagos, doubted if publishers of the stories were properly registered with the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), which he described as the ombudsman of the media. He said his government had decided to rest the case with NPAN.

Fashola who attributed the stories to works of a rival party noted that while his government was determined to deliver the dividend of democracy, those who have no work to do were dragging them into politics.

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