The absence of the former governor of the good people of Lagos (2007 – 2015), Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), on Saturday, July 22, 2017, to vote in the local governments elections has been descibed an insult by observers.
And the excuse that he was busy in Abuja with 36 state commissioners of works has been labelled untrue.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, according to his spokesman (Hakeem Bello), was on a national assignment while elections held in his ward G3, Unit 002, State Senior Grammar School, Itolo, Surulere polling centre.
Bello said, “He was busy with a ministerial assignment in Abuja. He hosted the National Council on Works involving the 36 state commissioners of works that day. In any case, voting is a voluntary civic duty.”
But the claim was labelled untrue by Ekiti state’s commissioner of works (Mrs. Funmilayo Ogun) who stated that the meeting was from Wednesday to Friday.
Keen observers of politics described the non-participation of a beneficiary of a system who enjoyed 16 years in the corridors of power, 8 of which he spent as the chief executive officer of Lagos as an insult of the highest kind.
They argued that apart from knowing far ahead the elections schedule, he fixed a meeting for the period.
The meeting ended on Friday, and he still failed to show up.
What’s more, he showed no interest in the exercise long before the elections, neither mobilising or campaigning for All Progressives Congress candidates.
They added that he didn’t participate at all in the Lagos @50 events!
– Agbolade Owolabi for encomium.ng