It’s not true — Lagos APC
BY DAPO AKINREFON & GBENGA ARIYIBI
The Lagos State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has compelled the 57 Local Councils in the state to “contribute N25 million each, from their May, 2014 Federal allocations or borrow from banks in order to support the governorship re-election of Kayode Fayemi.
In a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taofik Gani, the party stated that it got hints of the alleged fraud from its “reliable sources within the council, especially in the councils where the chairmen have opted to be honest and patriotic.”
The party said “such councils are particularly averse to the move because they are indeed already cash strapped by the incessant demands by the Governor”
The party further alleged that the “sum of N1.425 billion is expected to be cumulative contributions by the 57 Councils and a large chunk of it has been transferred into the personal account of Governor Fayemi, using a new generation bank network.
Besides, it said the collection of the N25 Million was coordinated by the Chairman, Conference 57 in the state.
The party said that it can prove that the state government has raised over N5 billion for the Ekiti governorship election with much of the monies directly from the State and Local Councils Treasury.
“We are concrete sure of our facts that N25 Million has been contributed by each of the 57 Councils in Lagos state to support Governor Fayemi’s wishful re-election,” the party said.
It also wondered “why similar directive to contribute monies is not deployed to subsidise the astronomical increment in the LASU tuition fees which has led to protracted strikes and protests in the state. We call on anti-corruption agencies to immediately get to the roots of all these.”
We’re not funding Ekiti—Lagos APC
In its reaction, the Lagos Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said: “They do not have anything to say rather than to continue to make insinuations and innuendos. Ekiti is capable of handling its own affairs without anybody intervening from anywhere. The only thing that connects us to Ekiti is that it is an APC state. Allow PDP to express themselves, we are in a democracy. We are not funding Ekiti the only thing we are doing is to support our APC members there, that is all.”