The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Southwest has described this week’s flood occasioned by heavy rains in Lagos State as part of the evidences of 13 years of failure of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
The party accused the ACN ruled state of failing to fully utilise judiciously the huge resources available to the State.
PDP said it was sad and ridiculous that a State where government (both State and Local Councils) get over N50 billion as income monthly cannot prevent the people from being killed by flood; saying; “over N7 trillion had been wasted in a State in the last 13 years!”
A statement by the PDP’s Zonal Publicity Secretary, Hon Kayode Babade, who sympathised with Lagosians for the lost of lives, and properties occassioned by the flood, “the harrowing experience of yesterday is enough pointer to the fact that Lagosians have been duped in the last 13 years and ACN, the party of dupes should be rejected during the next general election.”
The party said it was time Lagosians began to ask questions as to what the ACN and Governor Babatunde Fashola had done with the Lagos State money, especially the N23 billion Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
The PDP statement read in part: “The fact is that after the country Nigeria, Lagos is the number two richest State in Africa. In the last five years, between the State and the Local Councils, not less than N50 billion is realised in a month, making N600 billion annually. Yet, nothing is being done with the huge resources available to the State.
“From what happened in Lagos yesterday, it is obvious that the ACN government did not do anything to alleviate the sufferings of Lagosians in since 1999 that they have been ruling the State.
“Instead of using the several billions of naira that Lagos State gets from the federation account and IGR to develop the State, they have been using the funds to prosecute elections and electoral cases in others States in Nigeria and countries in Africa.
“Part of the resultant effects of this glaring failure of governance and wastage of Lagos State fund on political expansionist agenda of a single individual is the flood that ravaged the entire State yesterday, and it is obvious that nothing will be done to prevent its re-occurrence by this ACN government.
“Therefore, Lagosians should begin to look beyond the rhetoric of ‘Lagos is working’ and begin to ask questions as to what the N23 billion the ACN collects from them monthly is spent on. Else, Lagosians will continue to suffer in the midst of plenty while these ACN political dupes continue to waste the State huge resources on elections and election cases,” Babade said.