Following the response given by former Governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola SAN to the allegation of spending a whopping N78 million on his personal website tundefashola.com, the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has responded with a title of its own: ‘We Don’t Mind Wrestling With The Pig As Long As It Produces The Pork.’
Recalled Fashola had written a letter titled ‘When you wrestle with a pig, the pig gets happy and you get dirty’, where he lashed out at his critics, saying the website in question passed through procurement and it was just beyond upgrade as alleged by CACOL and its cohorts.
On Saturday, CACOL responded with a statement through its president, Debo Adeniran who described the administration of Fashola as anti-people.
Mr Adeniran said “The Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines a “pig” as an unpleasant or offensive person; a person who is dirty or greedy. Based on this premise, leaders who deliberately run elitist, oppressive and draconian government can only be described by no other name, but pigs.
“A government that causes so much hardship to the largest stratum of the socio-economic ladder, whereas it engages in obscene affluence all in the name of white elephant projects that have no direct bearing on the suffering Lagosians, is nothing but a pig.
“It will be foolhardy for a man who requires pork to say he wouldn’t wrestle with a pig. How does he intend to get it? After all it has been said, ‘No willing pig provides pork; whoever desires pork wrestles the pig down for it!’
“Basically, what concerns us more is the issue of suspected corruption embedded in the award and execution of contracts in the regime of Babatunde Fashola, as illuminated by the award of this N78.3m website contract.
“Every IT person CACOL has contacted put an over-bloated estimate of the cost of the website at about N6m. We are not surprised that a contract that could have cost N6m could be ballooned to N78.3m, because that is a trademark of Mr. Fashola’s administration.
“The website contract is an eye opener and lending credence to the allegations of the ‘True Face of Lagos’ where most of the contracts awarded before 2010 were said to have been immorally inflated by the regime of Babatunde Raji Fashola.”
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