- Governor Akeredolu's aide, Doyin Odebowale, has said Ondo state would not surrender to intimidation by the APC
- Odebowale said that the reported suspension of the governor by the party is a move by some people to control the state by proxy
- The governor's aide also added that Akeredolu is not guilty of anti-party activities as claimed by the party
Doyin Odebowale, the senior special assistant to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state on strategy and special duties, has reacted to the reported suspension of the governor by the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying that the people of the state would not surrender to intimidation.
Odebowale said the reason for the current APC crisis in the state is because some people want to govern the state by proxy, This Day reports.
The senior special adviser also said that those accusing the governor of anti-party activities are the real reason for the situation in the Ondo.
Bola Ilori, a former commissioner for regional planning in Osun state, in a reaction blamed Akeredolu for the crisis that led to the defeat of the party in Ondo state.
Ilori said that the election that brought the governor in 2016 was not filled with irregularities, saying that the governor also took offence of people who did not support him during his primary election.
However, Odebowale, in a statement said Ilori and others are the ones carrying out anti-party activities and using the same to go after their perceived opponent.
He said: “They are correct to a great extent. The party leadership at that level has been able to isolate and victimise all those perceived to be antagonistic to pernicious expansionist tendencies.
“Their hyper activities have never been for service; and the irrepressible people of Ondo State are acutely aware of the lie, freely bandied by these strange progressives whose sole motive for participating in politics is to gobble the people’s commonwealth."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Akeredolu said Ondo needs a total fix in the area of security to increase industrialisation and investments in the state.
Akeredolu's statement was in reaction to the report of the first Ondo state security summit organised in January 2019.
The governor vowed that the state security council, state executive council and Ondo state House of Assembly report will address the report to have a security policy document.
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