Ondo Guber: PDP, Group Drags Akeredolu Over Comment On Akure



The comment credited to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state that it was not yet the turn of an Akure indigene to lead the state has drawn flaks from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Akure Reform Ambassadors (ARA).

Akeredolu reportedly made the remark on Sunday while speaking at the reception held in honour of Tayo Alasoadura, the immediate past senator representing Ondo Central.

But the PDP said the comment was an attempt to pitch the people of the state against each other, describing it as putrid and highly condemnable.

The opposition party said the role of Akeredolu as a democratically elected leader included seeking to unite the people of the state in a way and manner as to engender unity.

The state chapter of the PDP in a statement issued on Tuesday by Zadok Akintoye, its Director of Publicity, said only the people of the state could determine where the next governor would come from.

“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 promotion of interethnic disharmony and discord by the APC for political gain remains a dangerous precedent that must be condemned by all.

“Our party believes it is within the right of every indigene of Ondo state to aspire and, if the people so decide, become a governor. It is not the duty of any self-imposed anti-democratic leader to undermine the right of the people.

“As a party, the PDP will provide a level playing field for its members across the three senatorial districts who may wish to succeed the failing and poorly performing government of APC in the state.

“As a party, we remind the governor to keep in mind the fact that interethnic disharmony that he seeks to profit from with his unguarded and subliminally offensive comment would do our state no good. We must keep uniting all interest in Ondo state for the benefit of all.

“Finally, we admonish Arakunrin to focus on issues of good governance and to limit his advice to things that are capable of uniting our people for the good of our dear state,” the party said.

Also reacting to Akeredolu’s comment, ARA declared that the governorship of the state was not any town’s exclusive preserve

The group in a statement by Joshua Oluwadare, its Director of Publicity, described the comment as unfortunate, bullish and capable of inciting the people of Akure.

It said: “That Arakunrin Akeredolu and his party, the All Progressives Congress, 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.

“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, Mr. Governor is not in a position to determine when the Akure community will produce a governor in the state.

“The Ministerial slot of the state being dangled by Mr. Governor before the people of Akure is not and cannot be enough for the community to abandon her right to the Alagbaka seat of the State.

“We know that President Muhammadu Buhari will decide who becomes Minister from the State and he has a number of qualified Akure indigenes for him to consider.”

“The community will be grateful to Mr. President if he appoints a Minister from Akure and will appreciate the governor’s effort in making that a reality.

“However, that will not be a substitute for the governorship of the state for the people of Akure.”

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