The Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the state Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu to leave Local Governments in the state alone.
Akeredolu recently allegedly ordered for the freezing of the accounts of the council areas and removal of the names of the political appointees of the councils from the payment vouchers.
The PDP, in a statement issued on Sunday by its Director of Publicity, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, asked Akeredolu to settle down for governance and allow Local Governments to perform their constitutional responsibilities.
However, the Deputy Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state, Mr. Ade Adetimehin, said the governor had done nothing wrong with the administration of local government.
He said, “The PDP is just raising unnecessary alarm, Akeredolu is a lawyer and senior advocate, and cannot do anything that is against the rule of law. They think he would dissolve the local government and he had not done so.
“He has promised to serve the state better and that is what he is doing currently. So I think the PDP should allow the governor to work, they should not cause confusion in this state”
But Fadaka said the recent action of the governor against the council administration was a mere act of vendetta, which according to him, should not be expected from a senior advocate like Akeredolu.
“We particularly feel compelled again to impress on the Governor Akeredolu on the need for him to settle down very quickly to the business of administering the state and leave the local governments alone to be administered by the chairmen already elected to discharge that responsibility.
“It is our firm conviction that there are direct challenges that compel the immediate attention of the governor which he must dedicate time to solve in our health, education and infrastructural sectors rather than to zero in on actions calculated to frustrate the local governments.”
Fadaka noted that, as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Akeredolu should not be seen to be compromising the judicial system, urging him (Akeredolu) to display maturity in handling the affairs of the councils and also to uphold the rule of law.