The Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State over his directive to his commissioners and senior civil servants not to speak to the press on matters of governance in the State.
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The party alleged that following this directive, it has shown that Governor Fashola "has skeletons in his cupboard and desperate to cover up his misdeeds, even If he has to turn the state into a fully Fascist State".
In a statement by its chairman, Capt Tunji Shelle (rtd), the party said the move was an attempt by the governor to cover up his alleged misdeeds.
Shelle said, "Similarly, such a step pre supposes that all is not well in Alausa and the Governor is panicking."
He added that such a reactionary directive can only be sustained in a "fascist regime which the Governor may turn the state into if not checked", noting that "no wonder the Lagos State House of Assembly is so slow to domesticate the FOI Act, which would allow private persons to get information on the workings of the Government."
Besides, the party chairman said, "We have said severally that Governor Fashola is not on the seat to serve Lagosians selflessly. We have equally stated too that the huge IGR, now over N40 billion monthly, are being shared between the Governor and the ACN leadership.
"Now that the Governor is jittery and has come out to ban his Commissioners and Senior Civil servants from speaking to the Press, then he has admitted failure and misdeeds. We are now indeed vindicated.
PDP recalled that the same Governor had sometime sacked certain Media houses from reporting from the State Secretariat, claiming that they are Anti ACN-policies.
"We make bold to say that Governor Fashola is now obviously fatigued of ideas to further govern Lagos State. He is now so overwhelmed by the self imposed pressures and no more has original ideas for Lagosians.
"Lagos state is too sophisticated to be used as experiment. Rather than become a 'taiwan' idea Governor, we advise Governor Fashola to apologise to Lagosians and bow out honourably," Shelle stated.