BY CHIOMA UWKWE
The Eko Foundation, an umbrella body for groups of indigenes of Lagos State has said that Akinwunmi Ambode is governing Lagos like a dictator and medieval king.
The group said this at the weekend during a press conference.
Speaking at the conference, President of the group, Prof Imran Oluwole Smith said that in the last two years, Governor Ambode’s administration has wasted the huge resources of the state and continues to run the affairs of the state in the manner of a dictator.
He said: “In the last two years of the present administrationin our state, we have been horrified, stunned and stupefied by the wastage of state resources by a government that believes that it is truly accountable to no one.
“His excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has operated and governed the state in the manner of a dictator or a mediaval king, who can do no wrong.
“It is true that even his cabinet and the state executive council are rubber stamp bodies which have been unable to curtail the excesses and totalitarian posture of a one-man regime that dismisses key government officials, without any rational explanation and appoints people without due consideration or consultation with other stakeholders within the party leadership.”
“We, as indigenes of the state should no longer be docile or afraid to confront government and require our elected leaders to explain and seek our impute into unnecessary and very expensive projects that only affords the government and it’s officials to balkanize the land and allocate it to themselves, their families, friends and cronies.”
The group also accused the governor of reckless spending, lack of accountability on budgetary allocation, failure to pay bursary for two consecutive years and one-sided development of Lagos.
The group also took a swipe at the Lagos State House of Assembly for not performing their constitution role of checking the governor’s excesses.
It described the state assembly as ‘docile’ and ‘rubber stamp’ saying that members of the assembly has failed to perform their constitutional function.