The Lagos state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded for the “immediate resignation” of the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola over the flooding of most parts of the state on Sunday.
The party also demanded an unreserved apology from the governor and the payment of adequate compensation to the families of those who lost their lives and property in the flood.
The party’s publicity secretary in Lagos State, Taofik Gani, made this known in a statement on Wednesday, where it sympathised with residents affected by the two-days heavy downpour.
PDP described the disaster as “an avoidable trauma,” insisting that the state government could have done more to prevent the flooding.
“Contrary to the claim by the state government that Lagosians dump refuse and build on the drainage, the actual cause of the flooding is lack of proper drainage. It is uncomplimentary for the state government to accuse Lagos residents for its own negligence, dereliction of duty and maladministration,” the statement read.
According to the party, the state government had over the years failed to clear primary drainage in the state which resulted in last Sunday’s floods. It also alleged that the blocking of waterways by construction companies also contributed to the flooding.
Blaming the government for the ongoing Eko Atlantic project, the PDP claimed that the unnecessary sand filling of lagoons, seas and the ocean by the state government also raised the water level of the ocean.
The statement further lamented the frequent collapse of buildings and loss of lives in Lagos State as it blamed the continued collapse of buildings in the state on the inability of the state to punish government officials involved in the monitoring of building construction.
The PDP then called on the state government to provide affordable housing for the people as a way of making substandard buildings unattractive.
In a more recent development ACN has responded to PDP’s aggravation through her National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed saying that “the government of Lagos state was highly proactive and responsive over the flooding, hence it deserves commendation rather than condemnation.”
“It said if PDP’s warped logic in calling for Gov. Fashola’s resignation were to be extended, then President Goodluck Jonathan should by now have resigned from office over the worsening insecurity in the land, especially from the rampaging Boko Haram; over the devastating kerosene scarcity for which his government has no clue; over the skyrocketing cost of diesel and the ballooning exchange rate for the Naira, not to talk of the worsening state of infrastructure.”
Sounds like a typical case of the pot calling the kettle black?