The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has thrown its weight behind the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s call for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, over the allegations of massive corruption perpetrated in the state.
Speaking on behalf of CACOL, its Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, averred that Shelle’s allegation of massive corruption in the Centre of Excellence corroborated CACOL’s petition to the EFCC and therefore called on the anti-graft agency to begin investigation into the allegations without further delay.
Adeniran said: “This statement corroborated our stand on the administration of Fashola. It is a good thing that more members of the public are now coming up with their demands to probe the Lagos State government.
It is not because CACOL is in alliance with any individual or political party that we are lending our voice to this call, but it is a point of vindication for our earlier call that the Fashola administration be probed.”
While saying that CACOL does not hold brief for anyone, Adeniran said that it was of concern why “a governor that claims to be progressive be so secretive that he would not want his activities to be probed,” adding: “When the Lagos State House of Assembly wanted to investigate him, all he did was to run to the court of law to obtain injunction from being investigated.
If the governor had not perpetrated corruption, why should he be afraid of being investigated?”
Adeniran said that as if the court injunction was not enough, Fashola, he alleged, has also, apart from administering oath of secrecy on the state civil servants from Leve 7 and above, barred members of his cabinet from speaking to the media, and therefore reiterated the need for the EFCC to beam its searchlight into the activities of Lagos State government and make public its findings.
CACOL also urged Fashola to “come up with the state of the state’s address” to render his stewardship so far to the people of Lagos who voted him to power, tell them how much the state has generated and how much has been expended for the people to be sure that appropriated money was judiciously spent, adding that the earlier he realises that he was accountable to Lagosians, the better.
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