Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has denied withdrawing $470
million from the state treasury to sponsor Federal Government’s AFCON
delegation to Egypt, Igbere TV reports.

Igbere TV reports that
Sanwo-Olu, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan; Speaker of the House of
Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and a host of others, had on Saturday
stormed Egypt to watch the Super Eagles play Cameroon at the ongoing
African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

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The match, which was monitored closely by Igbere TV, ended with a 3:2 win, with Nigeria qualifying for the next round.

The
Lagos State chapter of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, had alleged
that Governor Sanwo-Olu personally sponsored the trip with Lagos
government money, on behalf of the federal government.

Reacting,
however, the governor in a statement issued to Igbere TV by his Deputy
Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, described the story as “fake
news.”

He said the governor only flew to Egypt as a delegate of
the federal government, while calling on the PDP’s spokesman to “always
fact-check before putting pen on paper.”

Full Statement,

“Out
attention has been drawn to a press statement by Lagos State chapter of
the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) claiming that the State Governor,
Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu withdrew the sum of $470m to take himself and
some persons including APC Chieftains to watch the Nigeria-Cameroon
match at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

“There is
nothing farther to the truth than this statement, which follows the same
pattern of falsehoods usually dished out to the public by the PDP and
its mouthpiece.

“For the avoidance of doubt, His Excellency Mr.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu did not make any withrawal for the purpose of
attending the AFCON in Egypt.

“It is a public knowledge that Mr.
Sanwo-Olu was named among some other dignitaries to attend the ongoing
African football fiesta in Egypt.

“Members of the Federal
Government delegation to AFCON 2019 are Dr. Ahmed Lawan, as leader of
the delegation, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi
Gbajabiamila, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr.
Boss Mustapha.

“Governors nominated and approved by President
Muhammadu Buhari are His Excellency Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr.
Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

“Also on the list are Central Bank
of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, President of the Nigeria
Olympic Committee (NOC), Mr. Habu Gumel, and a Representative of the
Presidency; Captain Hosa Okunbo.

“The Permanent Secretary in the
Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Olusade Adesola, and Muhammad
Gambo, the ministry’s Director of Facilities, are also members of the
delegation, which include a former Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon
Dalung, to complete the 11-man list.

“Is it not laughable
therefore that PDP will resort to issuing press statements based on fake
news on social media? Does it not stand logic on its head to allege
that Governor Sanwo-Olu spent $470m to fund a trip that he was nominated
as a delegate?

“As we have always stated, we will again suggest
to the Lagos state PDP and her spokesman to always fact check before
putting pen on paper. Opposition politics is not built on lies and fake
news.”

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