The shocking amount spent by the Lagos State government to host the Presidency during his 2-day visit to the state is mind blowing.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo during a visit to Lagos State
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State has accused the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of wasting tax payers’ money to the tune of N3.2bn in preparing for the botched visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the state on Monday.
In the two-day visit by the president represented by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, the PDP said the purported preparation for the visit of President 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.”
This was revealed in a statement by its publicity secretary, Taofiq Gani. He accused the governor of mismanaging the state’s 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.
The spokesman of APC in the state, Joe Igbokwe, told Daily Trust 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.”