GOV. FASHOLA’S N10 MILLION “THANK YOU” LARGESSE STIRS CONTROVERSY IN LAGOS MARKET BOARD, PITCHED SADE AGAINST MARKET LEADERS


The last might not have been definitely heard about the recently concluded 2015 general elections, especially in Lagos State, the Centre of Excellence. It is an established fact that the elections have come and gone; it is also an undisputable truth that the elections produced a set of public office holders who will direct government affairs for the next four years. But this did not happen without its attendant controversies and one of such controversies is the alleged N10million “thank you” package from Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola to Lagos State Market Board led by Sade Tinubu-Ojo, the daughter of APC National leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.


. According to a reliably source governor Fashola invited the Lagos Market Board and market men and women leaders in all the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State to his Marina house recently; the meeting which took place a day before the April 11th governorship election was said to have been hosted by governor Fashola to thank the market leaders for their support and steadfast with his government. The outgoing governor reportedly thank the market leaders and informed them that when he wanted to seek governorship seat, he called and notified them, sought their support which they willingly gave him and as he is about to leave office he deemed it fit to call them again and thank them for their support. However, after all said and done, governor Fashola was said to have gave out a sum of N10 million to the market leaders through Sade as a thank you gift to them. As expected, Sade without majority of the markets leaders knowledge left with the money and her entourage to Sunday Adigun street, Alausa Ikeja Lagos where the markets leaders regularly hold meeting week in, week out, though she expected them to join her at Sunday Adigun for their share of the largesse. But some markets leaders led by Alhaji Wasiu, the Babaloja General of Lagos protested to governor Fashola that the money ought to have been shared instantly before they leave Marina and should not have been taken to Sunday Adigun. At this junction, governor Fashola was said to have informed them that although, Sade might be their daughter, but God has bestowed her with leadership position, they should respect her view and go meet her at Sunday Adigun for their own share of the money. But they bluntly refused, they insisted that governor Fashola should give them their own money separately. The governor heeded to their demand as he was said to have given them another N3 million and they share it. Leaders of each market were said to have left Marina with N50 thousand. It was reliably gathered that some of those who collected out of the N3 million also went to Sunday Adigun to have a share out of the money with Sade.

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