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Lagos Blew N3.2bn On Botched Buhari’s Visit — PDP

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[caption id="attachment_8687" align="alignnone" width="608"]Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State Governor[/caption]

The Lagos state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, alleged that the state government spent N3.2bn in preparing for the botched visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state.

Recall that Buhari, who was meant to embark on a two-day official visit to the state on Monday, in order to commission various projects embarked upon by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, was represented by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

The PDP, in a statement issued by its publicity secretary, Taofiq Gani, said the alleged preparation for the visit of Buhari to Lagos State was “a fraud and another expose that the APC is too haphazard in governance, hence the total disconnect between the state governor and the Presidency, thereby causing the state not to know that the president had changed his mind on visiting the state.”

The party said Governor Ambode must account for the over N3.2 billion claimed to have been expended in what it called “botched visit of the president.”

The statement further described the spending as a mismanagement of public funds, misplacement of priority and propaganda to have invited the presidency “to commission ordinary rehabilitation of roads, which are not even more than seven in a state with 245 Wards.”

“We demand that the over N3.2bn claimed to have been spent to welcome the president to Lagos must be accounted for. The beneficiaries of the contracts and the costs of the contracts involved in the ceremonies must be made public for Lagosians to know. This is needless waste of public funds,” the statement said.

In a swift reaction, spokesman of APC in the state, Joe Igbokwe, said that PDP should not be taken seriously as a party in Lagos.

He said, “Let them wait until they take over leadership in Lagos; until they win election in Lagos and sit in Alausa, then they can decide on what to do.

“Ambode is hitting every corner of Lagos, working hard in every corner of the state; they don’t know what to do. What’s their business if he spent N20bn? Lagos is working, everything is working.”