Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George has urged President Buhari to probe the administrations of former Lagos state governors, Bola Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola.
In a statement released yesterday August 19th, Bode George said Buhari cannot claim to be fighting corruption and not investigate the circumstances surrounding the controversial N78 million of taxpayer’s money spent on a personal website belonging to Mr. Fashola – www.tundefashola.com
The PDP chieftain also described as outrageous, the N29bn spent on building the 1.6km Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge. George said in a sane society, Fashola should be facing tough interrogations especially as regarding N419bn debt incurred by his administration, rather than expecting to be considered for a public office.
He therefore called on president Buhari to use the Fashola case as an acid test of his vow not to spare anyone in the war against corruption. He however added that there was no way Fashola would be probed without probing Tinubu because one was the creation of the other.
“The most disgusting and annoying in all these is the arrogant and the befuddled attempt of Mr. Fashola to justify the apparent reckless misappropriation of Lagos state taxpayers’ money to set up a personal web site. Fashola shows no remorse, no guilty nudging of conscience. Instead, he still attempts to ride a high horse, puffing and stomping in feigned seraphic innocence. We are not fooled. We knew all along that the emperor had no clothes. Using N78m of taxpayers’ money to build a website is reckless misappropriation.”
“The phony over N29bn used to build a mere kilometre long link bridge is outrageous venality. “The spurious N1.5bn allegedly spent on phantom pedestrian bridges is another con game. And there are so many of these screaming illegalities observable in the record of our poster boy of yesterday!. In a more just society, Mr. Fashola should be facing a comprehensive investigation rather than being considered for any appointment at all. “
“President Buhari should use the Fashola case as an acid test of sparing no one with any intimation of public malfeasance. Rather than engaging in a smug chest beating of innocence, Mr. Fashola should first remove himself from any consideration of public appointment and openly call for a judicial probe of his eight years in office.
“Nothing else will bring out the true picture. Lagos State is now the biggest debtor in the federation with over a trillion naira in bad debts. It may take at least 40 years before Fashola’s indebtedness can be defrayed! What a malady!.”
“In the end there is no way to divorce Fashola from Bola Tinubu. They are both linked in unutterable complicity. If Fashola stands today in tarnished allegations, Tinubu, his godfather, cannot possibly distance himself in innocent escapism.”
“If Fashola now rots in the mud, we must look through the depths to understand the instigating and factor.”
“Whenever Fashola is cooling his feet at the interrogation centre, Tinubu should not be far behind. He said..
“What is most disgusting and annoying in all these is the arrogant and the befuddled attempt of Mr. Fashola to justify the apparent reckless misappropriation of Lagos state taxpayers’ money to set up a personal web site. We are not fooled.” He concluded.