The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to take necessary action and prosecute former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola after it was revealed that he spent the sum of N78.3 million of task payers’ money to upgrade his personal webiste, www.tundefashola.com.
Speaking via a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Taofik Gani, the Lagos described the governor’s actions as unfortunate, chastising him for spending such a huge sum on a website that would serve his persona interest and not that of the state.
Gani further lampooned the ex-governor for spending more than 70 times the amount needed for such a project, as such reckless expenses made the debt profile of the state soar to an unbelievable N419 billion under Fashola.
He said, “This revelation, which is coming from the government, has now vindicated us. It has buttressed our claims that former Governor Fashola is not a saint. We have always known that the Fashola government was only using the so-called projects to deceive the people of Lagos State and divert money.
“Little wonder it is on record that he is the state governor to incur the highest debt in the history of the state. Fashola consequently is not a person that should be allowed to go scot-free.
“So, we are challenging President Buhari to sincerely fight corruption by looking into these allegations of fraud perpetrated under Fashola. It is only then that the people of Lagos and Nigerians, in general, would take his anti-graft war seriously.
“Fashola is not someone that should be praised for serving the state but a man who served himself.
“We have always reported Fashola to the EFCC but nothing was done. However, now that we have direct information from the state government, we will submit a fresh petition to the EFCC.
“But the most important thing for now is for Lagosians to rise, carry placards to the Governor’s Office and demand that Governor Ambode give us information on the handover notes given to him by Fashola and let us know if Fashola would be probed.”