*Bode George States Reason Lagos Must Vote For PDP In February
Foremost leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Chief Olabode George on Friday painted a distressing picture of corruption under the All Progressives Congress (APC) party, lamenting that the APC government has misappropriated the sum of N30 trillion it generated in the past 16 years.
He said for the people of Lagos to liberate themselves from economic bondage which they have been subjected to since 1999, they should speak with one voice in February by voting change of government in Lagos during the February elections.
Bode George said the level of corruption in Lagos has been worst with alleged mindless pillaging of the revenue due to the state by the former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who he referred to as the Emperor of Bourdillion, through Company Alpha Beta.
He alleged that Alpha Beta since 1999 had raked in not less than N5 billion from the internally Generated Revenue of Lagos state, all the while the aspiring governor of the state, Akinwumi Ambode on the platform of APC was the Accountant General.
He stressed that Tinubu, Ambode and other chieftains of APC had over the years set up the bolt and nuts of the corruption regime which he said is still milking Lagos in prodigal proportions.
The former Deputy National Chairman of PDP, South-West disclosed this in Lagos during a world press conference he addressed to establish reasons the APC government should be voted out during the February general elections.
He said, “More than two-third of the high-priced properties in Lagos state are owned stock and barrel by the Emperor of Bourdillion. In brazen, insensitive, depraved, morally distorted acquisition spree, the APC chieftain and the Emperor of Bourdillion has seized the Old Nursing School at Awolowo Road, Lagos the Ikoyi-Obalende Local government council headquarters, the huge campus of Lagos state Polytechnic at ketu, the vast stretches of precious acres of land at Lekki and many others which he has now turned into private use.
“When they talk about corruption. They should look at themselves. Our inner roads, from Ajegunle to the coastal water of Epe, are virtually impassable. But no one seems to care.
“Lagosians say no to this benighted tools of power. Everywhere you look, businesses are collapsing: the manufacturing companies, the tyre industries, the food producers, the distillers of liquor and wine, they are all fleeing from Lagos because of excessive and extortionist taxation regime.
“And the common businessmen, the retailers, the hawkers, the traders, the mechanics, the Okada riders, the food sellers, the Iron-mongers, the carpenters, the sewing-mistress, the brick-layers, the tilers, the vulcanizers, the plumbers, the taxi-drivers, and many, many, more have all been thrown into the unemployment market because the APC Lagos is not business friendly.
“Lagosians should reject them. We cannot continue like this. Enough of their lies. Enough of their brazen distortions. Lagosians should have a better deal.
“They talk of probity but they steal our money. They talk of selflessness, but they are the most greedy. They say they want to create a mega city, but they are devastating our villages: From Maiyegun to Alpha Beach, from Igbo-Efon to Ologolo and Awoyaya, the beach fronts are virtually eroded. Ancient villages, fortunes and businesses are disappearing under self-provoked Oceanic tidal wave.
“And they say Lagos is working! Where? How? The Peoples Democratic Party is coming with a new vision and a more progressive, people oriented leadership.
“The Peoples Democratic Party’s vision is about tolerance and progress. We do not believe fellow Lagosians should be kidnapped and transported forcefully to Onitsha simply because they are not Yoruba people. We frown at a government that extorts Alaba traders, the electronic dealers at Mandilas and the spare-parts dealers at Ladipo market”.
“For a Lagos that cares, for a Lagos that treasures merit and conscionable pursuit, I urge Lagosians to vote for Jimi Agbaje, a gentleman with solid pedigree and professional competence that will take Lagos to the next level.
“Lagosians are not deceived. The endless parade of posters littering the roads cannot translate to a measure of performance. The amount spent by APC to litter our roads is mind boggling. The cost per poster can feed a child on 3 square meal per day. What a charade! What a waste of resources from the treasury”
The PDP chieftain also urged the people of Lagos to vote massively for President Goodluck Jonathan in February, contending that Jonathan represents the best option for the presidency given the number of monumental achievements recorded by his government in the past few years.
Jonathan, said Bode George has not strayed away from democratic principles despite the numerous challenges confronting his regime.
He said Jonathan “Has not declared any martial law anywhere. He is still tolerant. He still believes that Nigerians must work together. He still believes that the Boko-Haram issue is an aberration. He supports our soldiers with necessary equipment. President Jonathan will never abandon any space in the Nigerian landscape.
“But he will never rule with terror or venom. Instead of the draconian decree that muzzled the press and sent Irabor and Thompson to Kirikiri, Jonathan signed the freedom of information Act which empowers every Nigerian to probe into the inner recesses of government. Now we can request all strata of government to furnish us with the most sensitive information and they must comply.
“President Jonathan is well meaning. He is truthful. He is an Omoluabi symbol that all well-meaning Nigerians should support for re-election. Eje ko lo lekan si!
“President Jonathan’s achievements despite all these challenges are quite impressive. He is rejuvenating our infrastructure everywhere. From Lagos to Sokoto, he is building new roads, expanding our highways, bringing distant communities into closer embrace. He has practically revolutionized our railways, putting fast moving rail-lines across our cities. The president is equally building new and affordable Housing Scheme for the armed forces and civilians.
“The President has upgraded our aviation industry, remolded our airports and put the industry at a competitive international level. In the Education Sector, President Jonathan has invested over N400billion to raise the standard of our tertiary and secondary education. He has created at least 12 new Federal Universities and equally reduced the cost of learning by pegging tuition fee at N15,000 per annum.
“In the health field, the President’s swift and competent intervention in the Ebola crisis is a significant novelty that has now become a reference point across the world. The Convocation of the National Conference by President Jonathan must equally go down as one of the most significant attainments in our nation’s history. The National conference allowed an unfettered and unguided articulations of national discourse without acrimony and without bitterness. The Conference was peaceful and uninhibited.
“The Boko-Haram issue is not an adequate platform to analyze Jonathan’s achievement. Boko-Haram is not an immediate cure-all affair.
“Take IRA in Northern Ireland. Take Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. In all these nations, nothing has been concluded. The internecine war continues. Insurgency can never be over powered by force. It must be through moral suasion.
“Is it not President Jonathan who is now equipping our boys in the armed forces with the necessary tools to combat the insurgency in the North East! For years our boys had been stripped of all necessary equipment of a modern army. That has now changed. Attack helicopters, sophisticated bombers, warships and gun boats are now fastly being procured.