The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Lagos Chapter has urged Akinwunmi Ambode to publicly declare his assets, on or before June 29.
According to a statement issued on Sunday by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Taofik Gani, the PDP charged Ambode to “personally make public in the media, his assets as at when sworn in as the present governor of the state.”
The statement read, “The governor is also asked to make public in the media, the details of the handover notes and assets of the past governor, Mr. Babatinde Fashola.”
“The deliberate neglect will however compel us and other well-meaning Lagosians to explore the relevance of the Freedom of Information Act on the matter.
“The PDP posits that the necessity for the present governor of Lagos state to make public his present assets is more ignited by the huge foreign and local debts of nearly a trillion naira now left behind by the past governor who has been linked to many personal bank accounts and property within and outside the country.
“Mr Ambode is under compelling moral duty to tell Lagosians what he presently has as assets. This is a spice to the requirement of asset declaration before the Code of Conduct Bureau. He must also not conceal the assets declaration of his predecessor,” the statement added.
According to the statement, if Mr Ambode fails to take up this moral challenge, he will thereafter be tagged “Governor Pretender” throughout his tenure, adding that this was necessary for the governor to gain the respect and confidence of Lagosians as a “genuine servant and not a pretender servant.”
The June 29 ultimatum given to Ambode, according to the PDP, is to allow the governor to voluntarily take up this challenge.