The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has described as ill-informed, hollow and laughable the statement credited to the Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party that Governor Akinwumi Ambode should declare his assets or be regarded as a pretender.
The party said the Lagos PDP needed help to survive the “demeaning fate it faces in Lagos and the country today.”
In a statement on Monday in Lagos by the Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, the party dismissed the PDP as “a group of ill-informed jokers who are being dealt a big blow by their present shambolic state.”
It advised the Lagos PDP to take “a period to school itself” about constitutional provisions regarding asset declaration.
“PDP Lagos continues to make us believe it exists in Lagos where it has been dealt serious electoral blows year in, year out. Lagos PDP is an unserious group that periodically amuses itself with such hollow vituperations as asking Governor Ambode to declare his assets or be regarded as “pretender governor”-whatever that means.
“This can only be the fruits of uncoordinated thoughts of serial losers that have no inkling on how to handle its latest round of electoral defeat.
“When what calls itself Lagos PDP is not engaged in unending fight within its members as a way of expressing its electoral frustration, it is busy making disoriented demands that are both hollow in articulation and empty in reasons.
Igbokwe said that Lagos PDP, in making the demand on Governor Ambode to declare his assets, must have woken up from a long slumber that robs them both of the constitutional provision on asset declaration and the fact that as incoming governor, the governor declared his assets with the Code of Conduct Bureau, in keeping with the constitutional requirements for his office.
“It is certain that Lagos PDP, in keeping with its well known penchant for mediocrity and as a purveyor of kindergarten gossip, is unaware of what the law says on asset declaration, which states that on assumption of office and exit from office, the governor or any other political office holder is bound by law to declare his assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau at both points.
“It is the duty of CCB to verify your claims at the point of exit of office against what you declared at the point of entry.
“This, the Governor did and has plunged deep into the demanding task of governing Lagos while the PDP roves aimlessly in want of what to say to keep afloat. We would wish that Lagos PDP quit threading in an unproductive cycle of self foolery by their resort to outlandish and wild demands that further diminish it among Lagosians.
“We want to educate the speculators in PDP that governance is not a tea party and that running a political party is not the same as periodically making inchoate and tendentious demands that lack reason and conviction,” Igbokwe said.