Lagos state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that the state government spent N3.2bn in preparing for the visit of President Muhammadu Buhari, who turned out to be represented by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, in the working visit to the state on Monday.
Buhari was scheduled to commission various projects embarked upon by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, but this was carried out on his behalf by Osinbajo.
Reacting to the development, 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.”
In a statement issued yesterday by its publicity secretary, Taofiq Gani, the party insisted that Ambode must account for the over N3.2 billion claimed to have been expended in what it called “botched visit of the president”, stressing that it was 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.”
According to the statement, “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.”