Election 2015 Countdown: Governor Fashola Alerts Nation Of PDP Impending ‘War’ On Lagosians:Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has alerted the nation about an impending ‘war’ in Lagos state as People’s Democratic Party’s once Lagos State Governorship contender, Musiliu Obanikoro may cause tension through the use of military personnel to harass Lagosians in the coming election.
The PDP Lagos chieftain allegedly has put up a strategy to coerce Lagosians through the use of military force, in a move that many have called an abuse of power through the use of nation’s security apparatus to achieve his own end. He has allegedly put to test when he sent military men to take over piece of land current holding one of Lagos state development projects.
The former PDP Governorship candidate was recently made the new Minister of state Defence. He was a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2003 and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP gubernatorial candidate in 2007 losing the election. He was promptly nominated as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana compensated for his guber fall.
Accordingto Governor Fashola, his test of muscles has heated up in Lagos state as he allegedly invaded a Lagos state project site through the use of soldiers to disrupt the ongoing Ilubirin Housing projects on the Lagos Island. The erstwhile government of former Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson preserved the land as a property of Lagos state government.
Governor Fashola sounded the alarm while updating Lagosians about his account of his stewardship as the state governor in the last 2,500 days in office held at the Lagos Television ground, Ikeja Lagos.
According to the Governor, the Federal Government through Obanikoro are desperate were to frustrate many projects undertaken by the state government.
His words, “The contractor at Oyingbo has stopped works because some agents of the Federal Government moved soldiers there, claiming that they own the land. As far as I can recall, that land was acquired by Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson during his tenure, when Alhaji Femi Okunnu was the Federal Commissioner for Works.
“In the documents handed over to our government, Alhaji Femi Okunnu clearly indicated that the land belonged to the Lagos State Government. It has been unused for many years. It was when we started this Lagos HOMS initiative that we decided to build 48 flats there.
Fashola claimed construction works were on-going when some trouble fermenting civilians invaded the land with soldiers and started harassing the workers in an apparent acts of intimidation.
“We started building when people came with soldiers claiming it belongs to the Federal Government. They instructed the soldiers to stop the construction. This morning, on my way to this event, you would see I observed at the Ilubirin Housing Estate where we have started a project to build 1188 flats, someone has gone there to put a sign of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Fashola explained that the land has been there in the last five years, saying the contract to reclaim the land was issued by the Lagos State government to Julius Berger in the previous administration.
He said: “I was told that the minister we are talking about, Senator Obanikoro, was there on Saturday with soldiers. So, this is what we are going to get for 1.2 million votes from Lagos. It is a threat to our housing initiative, its threat to poor people, who are hoping to own homes under this scheme”, indicating the state is entering a new phase of soldiers harassing state projects and construction personnel.
Fashola, listed a number of projects executed by the state government in the last 100 days in office. He said the state government has brought healthcare delivery to the doorsteps of the people by building healthcare complexes and offering free medical services to the residents.
According to him, many roads were commissioned in the last 100 days, while the government also intensified efforts to solve the problem of housing by giving out houses built under the Lagos State Home Ownership Mortgage Schemes.