The All Progressives Congress, Lagos State chapter, says the Peoples Democratic Party’s comment, describing Governor Babatunde Fashola as a dictator, shows that the party is desperate for recognition.
The PDP had said Fashola was a dictator based on the ‘deportation’ of some destitute persons to Anambra State.
The APC said the PDP’s comment, through its acting National Publicity Secretary, was “outlandish and hollow.”
In a statement on Monday by the state’s Interim Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the party said having failed in 14 years of “regressive politics, the PDP is clutching on to any imaginable straw to survive.”
The party said, “By trying to take advantage of the action of the Lagos State Government to relocate 14 destitute persons to their home states, the PDP through its Acting Publicity Secretary is showing the kind of desperation that has hit the party as it comes in full contact with the fruits of its wanton plundering of state resources to render Nigeria a huge colony of beggars and destitute.
“We ask the Acting Publicity Secretary to help resolve the issues raised by the full disclosure by the Lagos State Government on the resettlement issue, which bordered on communication between Lagos and Anambra state governments on the 14 destitute persons prior to their resettlement.
“Is he not aware that his party (PDP) has shipped out thousands of destitute persons and beggars from the Federal Capital Territory before he embarked on his journey of childish political profiteering?”
The party said instead of raising dust where there was none, the PDP should ask itself why Lagos must take the “army of destitute persons it had been churning out after stealing hundreds of trillions of a 14-year-old oil windfall.”
Igbokwe said, “We are aware that the PDP is scared stiff by the emergence of the APC, the success of its governors and the potential it offers Nigerians in the face of the grand and monumental failure of the PDP.
“But we want to assure this party that nothing will stop their rustication in 2015.”