The Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress has told the Lagos PDP and Olabode George that the Fashola government and the ACN have nothing to learn from the PDP and President Jonathan on the ban on commercial operators from some roads in Lagos or in any aspect of governance. The party said that both the PDP and the failed Jonathan government have nothing but decay, atrophy, corruption, incompetence and such other symptoms of bad governance to teach a working well governed state like Lagos and that it is absurd that someone, even in the acute state of rustiness Bode George is operating at present, should advise the Lagos State government to emulate the federal government that has become a symbol of failure in the last thirteen years.
In a release in Lagos, signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Joe Igbokwe, the party says it was reacting to the reported view of Bode George that Governor Fashola should learn from President Jonathan and the PDP on the issue of restricting commercial motorcycle operators from some major roads in Lagos. It wondered what message Bode George wants to send because there is nothing a federal government and a party that has crumbled the country in nearly fourteen years of irresponsible, corrupt and mediocre leadership can teach a state like Lagos if not how to visit decay on a progressive and responsible state.
“Even as we agree that Bode George is rustic and suffers seriously from a credibility crisis given his sordid record, we presume that he should make appropriate effort to ensure his words conform to the basic tenets of reasoning and logic. In advising Lagos State government to emulate the PDP and the federal government, we are blank on what aspect he was referring to. Does he recommend the Lagos State government to emulate PDP and the Jonathan presidency on the sordid mess the PDP has rendered all federal roads in thirteen years of unmitigated decay? Does he want Fashola to emulate the PDP’s acrid record in reducing Nigeria to an enclave in Somalia through levying an intractable security crisis we are facing at present? Does Bode George want Fashola dn the ACN to emulate PDP’s record shattering unemployment record that has made youth unemployment so overwhelming in an oil rich nation?
“We want to ask Bode George whether he want the Lagos State government to emulate the PDP that has unleashed an unsolvable energy crisis that obtains in the present situation where Nigerians buy fuel at N250 per liter in the worst fuel crisis the nation stands to face. Is it on a fluctuating power sector the PDP has made a permanent part of life in Nigeria? Does Bode George want Lagos to emulate the PDP government’s elevation of corruption and public stealing to a directive principle of state policy? We can go on and on to demonstrate that the PDP is a curse to Nigeria and Nigerians and has nothing to offer Nigerians except tutorials on how to demolish a vibrant country to a pit of poverty, want and misery.
“Lagos ACN wants to call to mind that we have thrown our support to the decision of the Lagos State government to restrict okada operations in certain roads in Lagos principally on the uncountable deaths and maiming that mount by the day from accidents involving okada operators and on the need to curb the role of okada in crime cases. But since the decision to ban okada in Lagos, the PDP had found it an anchor in reviving their dead political dream in Lagos. They have made the ban on okada the sound bite of their every political gamble and that is what ostensibly prompted Bode George’s incoherent and illogical advice. But Lagosians should think deeper before guzzling PDP’s cheap sentiments. We want to state that from every credible records, the rate of okada related accidents in Lagos has gone down drastically while crime rates has also dropped drastically in Lagos since the ban on okada operations in some states in Lagos. This is apart from the sanity the decision impacted on road usage in Lagos.
“Lagos ACN recalls that it was the PDP federal government that first banned okada operations in the Federal Capital Territory and we did not hear Bode George and his Lagos PDP criticize this move. Over ten PDP states have gone ahead to ban okada operations in their states and we hadn’t heard a whimper from Bode George and his Lagos PDP. States like Enugu, Delta, Imo (when it was under the PDP), Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, etc are all PDP states which have all banned okada operations and we had never seen or heard Bode George and his PDP offering even any opinion on this. How come these people believe that a partial restriction of okada operations in Lagos is now a mortal sin when PDP states have carried out total ban on okada in their states? What exactly does Bode George want Lagos to learn from his PDP on this score? In their desperate bid to clutch any straw to retch up political capital, Lagos PDP and the PDP are now hooked on okada politics and are inciting sentiments against the state government in a move that is not only laudable but have been enforced by PDP states. What a demonstration of self serving hypocrisy!
“It is instructive that Bode George and his Lagos PDP want all the okada put out of business in PDP states to be shipped to Lagos to constitute menace and threats to Lagosians so as to realize their long term aim of making Lagos ungovernable and impede investment in Lagos. It is germane that investors who predominate in such ever busy areas like Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki and many other parts of Lagos are listening to Bode George to have a preview of what PDP wants to do with Lagos in the unfortunate event of power capturing power in Lagos as they are projecting with this okada politics they have made the cornerstone of their politics in Lagos at present.
“Lagos ACN wants to reassure Lagosians that we took the entire decision to enact the new Lagos traffic law in the best interest of Lagosians and not to punish the people. We want to assure them that in the ACN, we put people before politics and not politics before people, as the PDP does. We assure them that in the long run, we all will benefit from the entire Lagos traffic law and the ban on okada operations in certain parts of Lagos will serve great benefits to Lagosians. We urge them to ignore the desperate effort of a failed party like the PDP to corner their sentiments and sell mischief in the minds of Lagosians for their selfish benefits, as they are doing at present.”