- The PDP and some other groups have faulted a statement by Governor Akeredolu about Ondo state governorship election
- Akeredolu earlier said he would rather support a ministerial candidate from Akure area of the state instead of a governorship candidate from there
- The opposition party described the governor's statement as offensive and unwarranted
- On its part, the Akure Reform Ambassadors said Akeredolu was not in a position to determine when Akure community will produce a governor in the state
The governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has been criticised for allegedly saying that Akure town will not produce the next governor in 2020.
Premium Times reports that Akeredolu was quoted as saying he would rather support a candidate for a ministerial slot for the people of Akure, instead of a governorship candidate from there.
The PDP, whose governorship candidate in the last election, Eyitayo Jegede, is from Akure, said the governor’s comments were offensive and unwarranted.
Zadok Akintoye, the party’s publicity director, in a statement, said the governor’s statement was “putrid and highly condemnable and an attempt to pitch the people against each other for electoral gain.”
Akintoye said its understanding of the comment is that the governor kicked against Akure producing the next governor of the state, and that it was not yet the turn of the Akure people to do so.
He said: “We find it a putrid and highly condemnable comment by the governor and an attempt to pitch the people against each other for electoral gain.
“We must as a matter of urgency, educate the governor on his role as a democratically elected leader of the state, which includes seeking to unite the people of this state in a way and manner as to engender unity.
“His comment, which alluded to a phantom opportunity of a ministerial appointment for the Akure people, remains undemocratic, uneducated and unfair to the people.”
The PDP also accused the governor of attempting to disunite the people using his ambition to become governor for a second term.
Also, Akure Reform Ambassadors through a statement by its director of publicity, Joshua Oluwadare, described Akeredolu’s comment as unfortunate.
The statement read: “While we acknowledge the right of governor to express his opinion on the politics of the state, we, however, see such categorical statement as unfortunate, bullish and capable of inciting the good and peace loving people of Akure.
“That Arakunrin Akeredolu and his party, the APC, won the governorship election in both Akure South and Akure North local government areas in the last election in 2016 despite his main opponent being from the region is not enough for the governor to take the people of Akure for granted.
“The governorship seat of Ondo state is not an exclusive preserve of any community. Owo, where the governor hails from, has produced two elected governors of the state while Akure, the state capital, is yet to produce one. Therefore, governor is not in a position to determine when Akure community will produce a governor in the state."
According to the group, the ministerial slot which Akeredolu is dangling before the people of Akure is not enough for the community to abandon her right to the Alagbaka seat of the state.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a former commissioner for urban and physical planning in the state, Sola Amodeni, said cabinet members were instructed by Akeredolu, to work for Action Alliance candidates in the 2019 National Assembly elections.
The former commissioner, who was one of the three cabinet members sacked by the governor, stated this in a chat with select media organizations.
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