Ambode Asset Declaration: ‘You are ignorant jokers,’ Lagos APC tells PDP

The Lagos PDP made the demand via a statement on Sunday, June 14, 2015, adding that Ambode should also reveal the contents of the handover notes given to him by former Governor, Babatunde Fashola.

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The Lagos State branch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has criticized the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for demanding that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode declare his assets publicly or be termed a “pretender-Governor”.

The Lagos PDP made the demand via a statement on Sunday, June 14, 2015, adding that Ambode should also reveal the contents of the handover notes given to him by former Governor, Babatunde Fashola.

However, in a response on Monday, June 15, the Lagos APC, via a statement by Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe, described the PDP’s statement as ill-informed, hollow and laughable.

The statement reads:

“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.”

“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.”

The Lagos PDP, in its statement, gave Ambode till June 29 to declare his assets publicly or face consequences.

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