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Tinubu/Shettima Group Tackles Atiku Over Claim That Tinubu Did Not Develop Lagos

The Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council has described the comments of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP’s Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, at the party’s Lagos rally, as bare-faced lies.

The PDP Presidential candidate had at the campaign on Monday, told scandalously scanty supporters that the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not develop modern Lagos, but that the Federal Government did.

In a swift reaction, Chief Spokesperson and Director, Public Affairs of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo, reminded Atiku that despite conspiring to seize the funds of the people of Lagos State, as Vice-President of Nigeria, under former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Tinubu conquered that handicap by performing wonders, as Governor and subsequently as leader of the ruling party of Lagos State.

He further noted that in more volatile climes, the people of Lagos State would not have allowed Atiku Abubakar to step on the soil of Lagos because of that ignoble role his government played to attempt to destroy Lagos, but thanks to Asiwaju, today Lagos is a peaceful place and a home for all.

The Minister of State, Labour and Employment added that Atiku could still visit Lagos to spew such lies to the people of Lagos State, because Tinubu has over the years through subsequent government enshrined peace, ethnic tolerance and co-existence in Lagos.

Keyamo also reminded Atiku that after the Federal Government exited Lagos, immediately after the Orkar coup of 1990, the Federal Government left the infrastructure in Lagos to deteriorate whilst concentrating on developing Abuja.

He noted that it was after Asiwaju assumed office in 1999 that he began to revive and rebuild the infrastructure in Lagos State.

“A clear example is the Bar Beach the FG could not contain in all their years in Lagos State. It was during the tenure of Tinubu that the idea for the Eko Atlantic was conceived and planned and the continuation of the project proceeded unhindered under Fashola who has himself acknowledged the making of it to Tinubu.

“Others are the various high-calibre roads constructed by Tinubu like the Kudirat Abiola Road; Awolowo Road, Ikoyi; Akin Adesola Rd, VI; Adeola Odeku Rd, VI; Agege Motor Road; Ikotun-Igando Rd; Yaba-Itire-Lawanson-Ojuelegba Rd; LASU-IBA Rd; Ajah-Badore Rd; Oba Sekumade Rd, Ikorodu; Bourdillon-Gerald Rd; Lekki Expressway; Adetokunbo Ademola Rd, etc.

“Agencies like LAWMA, HIGHWAY MANAGERS, LASTMA, KAI, CBD, LAGBUS, LASEPA, LASAMBUS etc were all launched to develop different sectors. These are verifiable facts”, Keyamo enlightened.

Keyamo however advised Atiku to pack up his campaign to save his face rather than face the imminent disgrace at the 2023 polls.

See full Statement of Tinubu/Shettima PCC:

“At the scandalously scanty PDP campaign rally today in Lagos State, the candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar decided to take the ignoble path of bare-faced lies by telling the people of Lagos State that the APC candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu did not develop Lagos State, but rather the Federal Government did.

“Let us remind Atiku ABUBAKAR that despite conspiring to seize the funds of the people of Lagos State as Vice-President of Nigeria, ASIWAJU Bola Ahmed Tinubu conquered that handicap by performing wonders as Governor and subsequently as leader of the ruling party of Lagos State. In more volatile climes, the people of Lagos State would not have allowed Atiku ABUBAKAR to step on the soil of Lagos State because of that ignoble role his government played to attempt to destroy Lagos, but thanks to ASIWAJU, today Lagos is a peaceful place and a home for all, hence he could still come to Lagos to spew such lies to the people of Lagos State.

“Let us remind Atiku ABUBAKAR that after the Federal Government exited Lagos after the Orkar coup of 1990, the Federal Government left the infrastructure in Lagos to deteriorate whilst concentrating on developing Abuja. It was after ASIWAJU assumed office in 1999 that he began to revive and rebuild the infrastructure in Lagos State. A clear example is the Bar Beach the FG could not contain in all their years in Lagos State. It was during the tenure of Tinubu that the idea for the Eko Atlantic was conceived and planned and the continuation of the project proceeded unhindered under Fashola who has himself acknowledged the making of it to Tinubu.

“Others are the various high-calibre roads constructed by Tinubu like the Kudirat Abiola Road; Awolowo Road, Ikoyi; Akin Adesola Rd, VI; Adeola Odeku Rd, VI; Agege Motor Road; Ikotun-Igando Rd; Yaba-Itire-Lawanson-Ojuelegba Rd; LASU-IBA Rd; Ajah-Badore Rd; Oba Sekumade Rd, Ikorodu; Bourdillon-Gerald Rd; Lekki Expressway; Adetokunbo Ademola Rd, etc.

“Agencies like LAWMA, HIGHWAY MANAGERS, LASTMA, KAI, CBD, LAGBUS, LASEPA, LASAMBUS etc were all launched to develop different sectors. These are verifiable facts.

“It is obvious Atiku ABUBAKAR and the PDP have their backs against the wall with the rebellion to and shunning of his campaign by key Governors and stakeholders in his party that has made him battle weary. Atiku ABUBAKAR is already showing signs of frustration.

“We advice Atiku ABUBAKAR to pack up his campaign to save his face rather than face the imminent disgrace at the polls.

Thank you.

FESTUS KEYAMO, SAN, FCIArb(UK)

Director of Public Affairs and Chief Spokesperson, Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council.

Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Federal Republic of Nigeria. SAN, FCIArb(UK)”

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