The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council outlined Bola Tinubu’s accomplishments in modernising Lagos to refute an earlier assertion by former vice president Atiku Abubakar that the Federal Government should receive credit.
Atiku urged Lagosians to break free of Tinubu’s tight hold on the state during the PDP presidential rally held at Tafawa Balewa Square, on Monday.
Additionally, the PDP candidate stated that the previous government should not be permitted to continue getting away with making the claim that he built Lagos.
He reiterated that it is a known fact that the FG was the brain behind the massive infrastructure and development in the state, including the construction of the Second and Third Mainland Bridges.
On Monday, nearly simultaneously with Tinubu’s presentation on security, the economy, and foreign policy at Chatham House in London, the United Kingdom, Atiku held a rally.
APC campaign council spokesperson Festus Keyamo released a statement hours after the former Lagos governor was the target of his blistering criticism.
A furious Keyamo claimed that Atiku chose the “ignoble route of bare-faced lies” by informing the populace that Tinubu did not create Lagos State, calling the PDP campaign gathering in Lagos “scandalously scanty.”
The statement partly read;
Let us remind Atiku that despite conspiring to seize the funds of the people of Lagos State as Vice-President of Nigeria, Tinubu conquered that handicap by performing wonders as Governor and subsequently as leader of the ruling party of Lagos State.
In more volatile climes, the people of Lagos State would not have allowed Atiku to step on the soil of Lagos State because of that ignoble role his government played to attempt to destroy Lagos. But thanks to Asiwaju, today Lagos is a peaceful place and a home for all hence he could still come to Lagos to spew such lies to the people of Lagos State.
Let us remind Atiku that after the Federal Government exited Lagos after the Orkar coup of 1990, the FG left the infrastructure in Lagos to deteriorate whilst concentrating on developing Abuja. It was after Asiwaju assumed office in 1999 that he began to revive and rebuild the infrastructure in Lagos State.
A clear example is the Bar Beach the FG could not contain in all their years in Lagos State. It was during the tenure of Tinubu that the idea for the Eko Atlantic was conceived and planned and the continuation of the project proceeded unhindered under Fashola who has himself acknowledged the making of it to Tinubu.
Others are the various high-calibre roads constructed by Tinubu like the Kudirat Abiola Road; Awolowo Road, Ikoyi; Akin Adesola Rd, VI; Adeola Odeku Rd, VI; Agege Motor Road; Ikotun-Igando Rd; Yaba-Itire-Lawanson-Ojuelegba Rd; LASU-IBA Rd; Ajah-Badore Rd; Oba Sekumade Rd, Ikorodu; Bourdillon-Gerald Rd; Lekki Expressway; Adetokunbo Ademola Rd, etc.
Agencies like LAWMA, Highway Managers, LASTMA, KAI, CBD, LAGBUS, LASEPA, LASAMBUS etc were all launched to develop different sectors. These are verifiable facts.
It is obvious Atiku and the PDP have their backs against the wall with the rebellion to and shunning of his campaign by key governors and stakeholders in his party that has made him battle weary. Atiku is already showing signs of frustration.
We advise Atiku ABUBAKAR to pack up his campaign to save his face rather than face the imminent disgrace at the polls.