The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has replied former Goveronor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, for his criticism of the group for calling for his probe, after it was discovered that he has spent about N78 million for the upgrade of his website, www.tundefashola.com.
In his reply to the allegations titled “When you wrestle with a pig, the pig gets happy and you get dirty”, Fashola had said:
“I cannot conclude without responding to the crusade of CACOL and their ilk seeking my prosecution on allegations that have no proof and writing pre-emptive letters to the Presidency.
“In case they are unaware, I am not looking for a job. I expect them to know that allegations of wrongdoing are not resolved without evidence, neither are they resolved in press conferences.”
Reacting to Fashola’s letter via a counter-statement titled “We Don’t Mind Wrestling With The Pig As Long As It Produces The Pork,” CACOL through its Executive Chairman berated Fashola for running a draconain, anti-people administration filled with controversial white elephant projects that amounted to gross mismanagement of state funds.
The statement read: “The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines a “pig” as an unpleasant or offensive person; a person who is dirty or greedy. Based on this premise, leaders who deliberately run elitist, oppressive and draconian government can only be described by no other name, but pigs.
“A government that causes so much hardship to the largest stratum of the socio-economic ladder, whereas it engages in obscene affluence all in the name of white elephant projects that have no direct bearing on the suffering Lagosians, is nothing but a pig.
“It will be foolhardy for a man who requires pork to say he wouldn’t wrestle with a pig. How does he intend to get it? After all it has been said, ‘No willing pig provides pork; whoever desires pork wrestles the pig down for it!’
“Basically, what concerns us more is the issue of suspected corruption embedded in the award and execution of contracts in the regime of Babatunde Fashola, as illuminated by the award of this N78.3m website contract.
“Every IT person CACOL has contacted put an over-bloated estimate of the cost of the website at about N6m. We are not surprised that a contract that could have cost N6m could be ballooned to N78.3m, because that is a trademark of Mr. Fashola’s administration.
“The website contract is an eye opener and lending credence to the allegations of the ‘True Face of Lagos’ where most of the contracts awarded before 2010 were said to have been immorally inflated by the regime of Babatunde Raji Fashola.”