PDP queries Am­bode’s N3.8bn road projects

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

La­gos State chap­ter of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has re­jected a claim by Gover­nor Ak­in­wunmi Am­bode that his ad­min­is­tra­tion had spent over N3.8 bil­lion within three months to re­ha­bil­i­tate some roads in La­gos.

The party de­scribed the claim as “very dis­hon­est, laugh­able and cor­rup­tion.”

The PDP also chal­lenged Gover­nor Am­bode to probe com­pa­nies such as Al­pha Beta, Drain Ducks, among oth­ers as be­ing de­manded by the peo­ple.

The party in a state­ment by its spokesman, Taofiq Gani, also chal­lenged the gover­nor to give the list, pic­tures and spe­cific cost of the roads so re­ha­bil­i­tated.

The party in­sisted that fail­ure to make the de­tails of the projects avail­able, the anti­graft agency, the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) should wade in and probe the gover­nor’s claim.

Am­bode re­port­edly made the claim dur­ing a town hall meet­ing with the peo­ple of the La­gos West Sen­a­to­rial Dis­trict held at Abe­san.

The party, which de­scribed the town hall meet­ing as di­ver­sion­ary, re­it­er­ated that the claim smacks of cor­rup­tion and loot­ing of the trea­sury.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, “By this claim, facts within our folds are be­ing con­firmed that Gover­nor Am­bode is cur­rently si­phon­ing the state trea­sury in or­der to off­set his fi­nan­cial un­der­tak­ings to the god fathers who mas­ter­minded his con­tro­ver­sial elec­toral vic­tory.

“How on earth can roads’ re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in Main­land cost that much? The cu­mu­la­tive length of the por­tions of the roads is not up to 1km.

“Gover­nor Am­bode should in­vite the media, op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties and NGOs to a tour of his projects. He should take the peo­ple to his projects and not take the projects on pa­per to the peo­ple,” the party added.

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