After a long silence, a former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, has opened up on the ongoing corruption allegations hanging around the neck of his successor, Babatunde Fashola.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Tinubu distanced himself from Fashola’s ordeals, saying that he was not working against him from being appointed by President Buhari.
Fashola has been a major public debate lately following the shocking revelations that he allegedly mismanaged taxpayers’ money in Lagos.
First, it was alleged that the immediate past governor lavished over N78m on his personal website.
While many were still trying to recover from the shock, the current government opened another ‘book of revelation’ where it alleged that the ex-governor also spent over N139m to renovate two boreholes.
However, many have fingered the APC leader, Tinubu of championing the allegations against Fashola just to deny him of federal appointment.
But Tinubu who governed the state between 1999-2007 has denied knowledge of the development, saying that he was proud of Fashola’s monumental achievements in Lagos.
He said, “An attack against the performance of Governor Fashola is indirectly an attack against me and the edifice of achievement we have constructed in leading Lagos state out of a protracted time of stagnation and into an era of sustained progress and development,” said Tinubu.
Tinubu also accused opposition elements of a deliberate attempt to sow discord in the APC by peddling falsehood.
“I for one will not bend to the artificial provocation of those seeking to tear at what we have painstakingly built over the years,” he said.
“In my mind, Governor Fashola and I are and shall always be political allies and fellow travelers on a vital journey; that alliance is unshakable and our journey must not be interrupted. I would no more attack his character or his administration than I would attack myself.”
Tinubu further admitted that he was the one who brought Fashola to where he is today.
”I am proud to say that I played an instrumental role in bringing Governor Fashola into politics in the first instance,” he continued.
“He served as my trusted chief of staff, performing excellently in that role. Due to his leadership qualities and diligent work ethic, I endorsed him for governor notwithstanding the stiff and vocal opposition of many. I am not ashamed of backing him. I believe the progress the state made under his administration has more than vindicated my endorsement.
“Fashola, the present Governor Akin Ambode including myself are the products of a progressive political institution and its programmatic expressions. I laid the governance foundation and started the first lap, running as well as I could.
“I handed the baton to Fashola, knowing he would do the same. He did; he ran as well as he could. Now, he has handed to Ambode who is off and running as well as he can. We have achieved much in Lagos; but, we recognize as much as anyone that we have much more to do.
“We also know that progress is fragile and easily undone while destruction is easily transacted but hard to undo. I for one am not the type to tear down my own house or to bring my enemy’s rubbish into it.”
“Those who are against us were never placed in fear of the heavy hand of government descending on them even as they played funny tricks,” he said.
“We also must remember than in any democracy, a number of people will always oppose you no matter the quality of your performance. If an office holder has an approval rating of 70 percent, this means, in Lagos, roughly five million people dislike the person. Also remember the PDP is just recently out of office at the federal level and that it built a vast, unprecedented financial war chest to contest the elections.
“The residual of that war chest is still at work, buying media space to plant rumors in hopes of spreading discord through the APC. Thus, the enemy camp may be a minority but it is a large and well-funded one that knows its only chance lies in us attacking ourselves,” part of the statement obtained by DAILY POST read.