The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, to resign from his position over his recent comment on the state of Nigerian roads.
The PDP made its demand in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, on Friday.
Fashola had on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting told journalists that contrary to the opinions espoused by many Nigerians, the state of the country’s roads are not totally dilapidated, noting that they are still manageable.
But in its response, the PDP described Fashola’s comment as unfortunate, adding that he made an unpardonable comment instead of apologising to Nigerians over the state of the country’s roads, which it said has deteriorated since he became the minister.
The statement read: “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.
“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.”
The main opposition party insisted that the dilapidated state of the country’s roads is known to all and sundry, stating that the minister’s comment shows that he is not in touch with the reality of Nigerians whom he is meant to serve.
“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 & as such not in touch with reality or he has exposed himself as falsehearted official,” the statement read.
Noting that it is not surprised by the minister’s claim as he only purportedly thrives on propaganda, the PDP stated that the comment is a “clear pointer” that the Buhari administration will not ensure any major intervention on Nigerian roads while in power.
“This is the same minister who boasted that any responsible government should fix power within six months, only for the Buhari administration, with him as minister supervising power, to turn around and wrecked the gains achieved by previous administrations,” the statement read.