…He was busy in Abuja – Spokesman
By Monsur Olowoopejo
lagos—The cracks within the ranks of Lagos All Progressives Congress, APC, deepened at the weekend as the immediate past governor of the state and Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Babatunde Fashola shunned the council election held across the state on Saturday.
Fashola also did not show up at any of the events organised by the Akinwunmi Ambode administration to celebrate Lagos State at 50, an event that attracted all past governors of the state, other serving governors from other states and even Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
During last Saturday’s council polls the former governor was conspicuously missing at Ward G3, Unit 002, State Senior Grammar School, Itolo, Surulere where he normally votes.
There was apprehension in the ward when the former governor did not show up to mobilise his constituency to vote for the party as he normally did when he was in power.
Some APC stalwarts who pleaded anonymity said the former governor ought to have led by example by showing up in Lagos to cast his vote as other top leadership of the party did.
For example, the National leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was believed to have travelled out came back to cast his vote at his Polling Unit 047, Sunday Adigun Street, Alausa, Ikeja, while Governor Akinwunmi Ambode also voted at his polling unit in Epe.
Octogenarian and first Civilian governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande despite his constraints came out to vote at the council election, braving the heavy downpour.
Party faithful are of the view that as a minister representing Lagos State at the Federal Level and also representing Lagos at the Federal Executive Council, FEC, the former governor’s absence at his polling unit was inexcusable, while questioning his respect for the party in his home state.
He was busy in Abuja – Hakeem Bello
Reacting to the development, Mr Hakeem Bello, spokesperson to the minister, told Vanguard that; ‘’He was busy with his ministerial assignment in Abuja. He hosted the National Council on Works involving the 36 state commissioners of works that day. In any case, voting is a voluntary civic duty.’’
However, Ekiti state commissioner for works and Transportation, Mrs Funmilayo Ogun, told Vanguard yesterday, that though the National Council on Works meeting held in Abuja last week, it was between Wednesday and Friday.