Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: PDP Hails Jonathan, Slams ACN Governors
SAN FRANCISCO, July 07, (THEWILL) - The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the successful kick-off of the reconstruction and expansion of the Lagos- Ibadan Express Way.
It however slammed the opposition Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) governors in the South West for not being personally present at the kick-off of the project, which according to the PDP, is meant to transform the lives of Nigerians and boost economic and social activities in the South West states in particular and the nation at large.
In a statement issued by its Acting National Publicity Secretary, Barrister Tony Caesar Okeke, PDP however commended Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State for personally attending the event and accused the other ACN governors of staying away for parochial political reasons.
“The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) commends President Goodluck Jonathan for the successful kick-off of the reconstruction and expansion of the Lagos- Ibadan Express Way which has been in a state of disrepair for many years.
“Indeed this is a testament to the President’s resolve to completely deliver on his promise to revolutionise the road sector in line with his Transformation Agenda to give Nigerians a new lease of life.
“The Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is, of course, one of the busiest and most important roads in the country and the reconstruction and expansion project will not only boost economic and social activities in the South West in particular and the nation at large but put an end to the incessant loss of lives recorded yearly as a result of accidents on account of the bad state of the road,” the statement said.
The ruling party said the project also “put the lie” to insinuations of marginalisation against the South West by the Jonathan administration, adding that the PDP-led government has in the last two years embarked on several other strategic road projects in the region, including the repair of the Lagos Third Mainland Bridge, rehabilitation of Benin-Ore-Shagamu highway, rehabilitation and reconstruction of Ijebu-Ajegunle-Araromi-Ife-Sekona Road in Ogun state, reconstruction of Ibadan-Ilorin road among others.
All these, according to PDP, are in addition to so many other infrastructural projects executed in the region.
Lambasting the ACN governors for not attending the event, PDP said such was a sign of “partisan parochialism and political immaturity.”
The ruling party said the project is for the benefit of the people and wondered why the ACN governors did not show full support with their presence.
“We wonder when the ACN governors will jettison such political parochialism. They have been so blinded by partisan politics that they fail to see when to draw the line and show support to a good cause even if such is not being executed by their party,” PDP said in the statement.