The cold war between the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, and his Deputy, Agboola Ajayi, escalated over the Zenith Labour Party’s (ZLP) flag-off campaign venue in Akure, Ondo State capital.
Western Post gathered that the ZLP members contacted the state government for the use of popular MKO Abiola Democracy Park. To their surprise, they were asked to cough out N11million for a program lasting less than five hours.
The media aide to the Deputy Governor, Allen Sowore in a statement made available to Western Post said, the same venue was allocated to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the rate of N4 million.
The ZLP members questioned why the venue was placed at N11million and condemned the action of the state government as intolerable.
Media Adviser to the Deputy Governor, Comrade Allen Sowore in a statement said: “The Office of the Ondo State Deputy Governor and candidate of the ZLP, Agboola Ajayi is again constrained to draw the attention of the general public, particularly, the good people of Ondo State, to the growing intolerance and undemocratic temperament of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu SAN towards the people’s choice – the ZLP as the October 10 governorship election approaches.
“Let be it known that the ZLP applied for the usage of the M K O Abiola Democracy Park, Akure to flag off its campaign rally. After the successful completion of all due process, the agency responsible, acting on the instruction of Ondo State governor deliberately hiked the price from the original five million naira, which the venue was given out to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for its own rally on Saturday, 12th September 2020.
“It is disheartening that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria can preside over a government that would deny the ZLP the use of any public facility especially the Democracy Park built under the visionary leadership of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, who is the national leader of the ZLP.
“We, therefore, call on the elder statesmen, religious leaders, lovers of democracy and all discerning minds to advise Mr Governor to tow the path of honour and desist from undemocratic and perfidious acts.
“Ondo State belongs to all of us and nobody should use the mere privilege of leadership to ruin our prestige as the state of courageous and enlightened people.”
By Temitope Adedeji, Akure