The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola to apologise to Nigerians and resign over his comments on the condition of roads in Nigeria.
Fashola, in a recent chat with newsmen in Abuja had said that the bad state of Nigerian roads was “exaggerated.”
“The roads (in the country) are not as bad as they are often portrayed. I know that this is going to be your headline, but the roads are not that bad,” he told journalists after the FEC meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
PDP, in its reaction signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, described the statement as unfortunate.
The party demanded the resignation of the minister and asked him to “apologise to Nigerians over his unpardonable comment.”
It also asked the ruling party, the All Progressive Party (APC) to stop dwelling on its (PDP) 16 years of rule and deliver it promises to Nigerians. The APC constantly accuses the opposition party of not ruling the nation well while it held sway between 1999 and 2015.
‘Fashola’ statement ridiculous
The party says the statement “is a violent assault on the sensibility of over 200 million Nigerians and further demonstrates the disdain with which the Buhari administration holds our citizens who lost their lives and many more who daily undergo mental and physical torture using our dilapidated roads”.
According to the statement, “The PDP holds that the minister’s comment must be premeditated and reflects the official position of the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, which has no regard for Nigerians and only thrives in propaganda and false claims to cover its failures in governance.
“Every Nigerian knows that most of the major roads across the country are in sorry state and that travelling on our roads has become traumatizing and one of the highest life threatening experiences in our country since the last four years.
“The comment by the failed Minister of Works is therefore highly provocative and capable of invoking the anger of Nigerians, because it shows that either he has not been going through our roads and as such not in touch with reality or he has exposed himself as falsehearted official.
“Our party is however not surprised at such comment from the minister because the Buhari administration, in which he serves, thrives only in propaganda, blame game, excuses and false performance claims because it has nothing to offer.”