President Muhammadu Buhari has been asked by the South-West chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party to stop shedding crocodile tears following the death of former Governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande.
Buhari and the All Progressives Congress paid tribute to Jakande who was buried on Friday at the age of 91.
The opposition party in its reaction called on Buhari and the ruling party not to cry more than the bereaved.
The party in a statement titled, ‘S’West PDP mourns Jakande’s death, tells Buhari not to shed crocodile tears’, said Buhari destroyed some of the legacies of the respected elder statesman when he was military head of state between December 31, 1983, and August 27, 1985.
The statement was signed by the party’s Director Media and Publicity in the region, Lere Olayinka.
It read, “We in the South-West PDP mourn the passing unto glory of a real servant of the people, whose footprints will remain on the sands of Lagos State forever.”
“His death, though painful, is a fulfilment of the will of Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) and we are confident that for his deeds while alive, he will be granted Aljannah firdaus.”
“However, it is our admonition to President Buhari and his APC not to shed crocodile tears over the death of Jakande.”
“It is on record that Buhari cancelled the Lagos Metroline network initiated by Jakande then and went ahead to pay compensation to the French company that handled it, costing Lagosians over $78 million.”
“If not because of Buhari’s 1984 act of wickedness, transportation problems in Lagos would have been solved permanently. The metro line project would have made life easier and changed the face of transportation in Lagos.”
“Same Buhari and his APC people are now on the rooftops, eulogising Jakande after his death. To us in the South-West PDP, this is hypocrisy at its ridiculous peak and it is unacceptable.”
The PDP in the region also sympathised with the family of the deceased and prayed to God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
The burial service was attended by the deputy governor of Lagos, Obafemi Hamzat, former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, friends and family of the late elder statesman.