19th July, 2011
The Lagos State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party has taken a swipe at the Action Congress of Nigeria, saying it is its tradition to embark on desperate defence of its lapses even when the facts are obvious.
Hon. (Arc) Setonji Koshoedo, the state chairman of PDP, disclosed this during a press conference held at the party’s secretariat on Monday.
According to him: “The Lagos PDP views the reaction of ACN to the criticism of its handling of the flood which ravaged the state as diversionary. It is indeed the tradition of ACN chieftains to embark on desperate defence of their lapses, even when the facts are obvious.
“The ACN we know is expected to put up all defences at this time, moreso that the local government poll is around the corner. The Lagos electorate have been betrayed, but made wiser and can now distinguish between the tangible and significant development.
“It is significant when development is people-oriented and tangible when development is only vision oriented. Lagosians now realise that it is all about mega city vision and not the people. This is really inhuman,” he said.
Setonji said the weather reports from the Nigeria Meteorological Services and weather agencies in Benin Republic and Ghana showed that the cities of Lagos, Port Novo and Accra have similar amount of annual rainfalls and actually experienced the torrential rainfall that caused flood in Lagos State but not in Port Novo and Accra.
“Good enough that the ACN spokesman, Barr. Lai Muhammed admitted that it is normal to have such amount of rain during this time of the year.
“We are also aware that the meteorological agency also gave an alert notice on the possible occurrence of flood, which means that Governor Fashola was only forewarned but not forearmed. This is gross negligence and poor crisis management on his part.
“The Lagos PDP does not expect the gentleman to be able to save the predicament. He has been lured to rob the poor to pay the rich by sandfilling Lagos waters to create serene environment for the rich at the detriment of the poor,” he said.