Democratic Peoples’ Alliance (DPA) have described the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) loss of Ikorodu Constituency 2 as a vote of-no confidence passed by Lagosians on the regime of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola.
In the by-election held on Thursday 23rd December to replace a deceased ACN Member of the State House of Assembly, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) won.
“PDP’s victory is no fluke. This government has failed to make people the centerpiece of its policies. Those who constitute the silent majority finally decided to speak through their votes in Ikorodu; and the message is loud and clear, Fashola have failed woefully to positively impact on commoners’ lives,” Lagos state DPA submitted in a statement, predicting that ACN would suffer a similar fate should free and fair elections hold in Alimosho, Iju, Badagry, Epe, Lekki and other places.
Lagos state DPA recalled that this ACN defeat came in the wake of an earlier by-election loss in Ibeju-Lekki, which PDP also won.
The party placed this result on the neglect suffered by the people of Ikorodu, suffering lack of good roads, electricity, drainage, potable water, etc.
The party submitted that Ikorodu town represented the typical rural settlement in Lagos , which had suffered utter neglect and deprivations at the hand of the Fashola government.
“In these past three years, Fashola have concentrated projects and developments on metropolitan Lagos , to the neglect of other places,” DPA said. “Projects have been massed on routes leading to and from Alausa, the seat of government, the Ikeja Airport, and government houses in Ikeja GRA, Ikoyi and Lagos Marina.”
Recalling the last flood that sacked some parts of Ikorodu town , DPA said the Fashola government was yet to account for the N700 million President Goodluck Jonathan provided for victims of the disaster.
“Those in the refugee camp are today suffering utter neglect and deprivations; and many live in subhuman conditions. They don’t even know when they will return home and can as yet see no visible programme being put in place by government to prevent a re-occurrence,” DPA said.
DPA further said: “Moreover, this regime’s capital of friends is fast depleting, because it has spent its lifespan fighting, intimidating and victimizing virtually everyone: Doctors, teachers, drivers, okada riders, traders, business people, market women, street traders, the unemployed.”
According to the party, the result of the Ikorodu polls signified the people’s irritation at the government’s demolition of houses and business places without provisions for compensations and alternatives.
“The Ikorodu-Shagamu expressway remains impassable and a deathtrap; with many goods’ lorries and petroleum tankers ending up belly-up, with attendant loss of lives and possessions, when they try to ply that session,” DPA said.
From Publicity Department