The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has condemned a claim by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that its governors shunned last weekend’s flag-off of the reconstruction of the Lagos-IbadanExpressway by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The ACN’s national publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday explained that only the governors of Lagos, Oyo and Ogun were invited to the ceremony.
He said that it was therefore inaccurate to give the impression that all the ACN governors were expected to be there.
‘How then could anyone who believes in the truth, and nothing but the truth, infer in a public statement that the Governors shunned the ceremony because of politics? How difficult is it for a self-respecting party spokesman to check the veracity of the information at his disposal before feeding such to the public? Mohammed asked.
The party said the acting national publicity secretary of the PDP, Tony Okeke, had embarrassed his party and its leadership by now verifying facts before issuing statements.
”Is it possible that a spokesman for a ruling party does not know that deputy governors can stand in for their principals even at statutory meetings like the National Council of State and the National Economic Council?” The ACN queried.
Throwing more light on the issue, Mohammed said while Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun, personally attended the flag-off, the governors of Lagos and Oyo sent their deputies to represent them because both of them were out of the country at the time.