8 July 2002

Nigeria: Lagos PDP Guber Aspirants Are Not Fraudsters - Ojikutu

Lagos — Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State and gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu has said that the party's gubernatorial

aspirants in the state are not fraudsters.

Ojikutu was reacting to allegations made by Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu that one of the gubernatorial aspirants on the platform of PDP, Engineer Funsho Williams' tenure as commissioner for works witnessed the construction of a four kilometer road at the cost of N379 million

In an interview with Thisday, Ojikutu said that it was wrong for the governor to describe all PDP guber aspirants as corrupt politicians that cannot be trusted with public funds adding that she has a track record of integrity and impeccable service to the people of the state.

" I take exception to the description of all PDP gubernatorial aspirants as corrupt by Governor Tinubu. I have served this state creditably well and I would not want my image to be tarnished on the platter of political rivalry", she said.

While calling on Tinubu to come out with facts against anybody that has defrauded the state in the past, Ojikutu said that making such allegations without backing it up with facts and figures may be detrimental to political development of the state.

While maintaining that Tinubu has the right and obligation as the state's chief executive to level allegations of corruption against any individual that has defrauded the state while in government, she maintained that it was politically and morally wrong for the governor to make a general statement against all PDP gubernatorial aspirants in the state.

Restating her gubernatorial ambition, Ojikutu said that she has put her political machinery in motion towards realising her aspiration.

She called on the party leadership in the state to ensure that a level playing ground is provided for all the aspirants adding that that is the only way PDP can be victorious in the next elections.

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