The Presidency on Thursday faulted the position of the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), on his rating of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Fashola, at a lecture in Abuja to mark the 50th birthday celebration of former Bayelsa State Governor, Timipreye Sylva, on Thursday, had rated Jonathan’s performance below average in various critical sectors.
Fashola had described the present administration as ‘inactive’ in its first three years and in the fourth year, intends to distribute kerosene, rice and money to the electorate for the purpose of seeking their votes
But the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, described Fashola’s statement as “blatant and obvious lies, deliberate and skillful misinformation”.
Okuoe said: “Nothing can be further from the truth than this. We admit that Governor Fashola may have been too occupied in Lagos and that may have narrowed his vision or precluded him from appreciating lofty developments by this administration all over the country.
“The government of President Goodluck Jonathan has never lied about its achievements, programmes, commitments and even challenges within the Nigerian context.
“In the last three years, through the execution of its transformation agenda, this administration, contrary to the assertions of Governor Fashola, has made significant achievements in all sectors of the economy.
“We do not disparage any of our great erstwhile leaders, but what we say is that President Jonathan operating on the solid building blocks erected by them has carried developments in Nigeria to global acclaim”.