By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Ondo state government has condemned the activities of some media organisations who hide under the pretence of balancing stories but rather using the avenue to package all forms of lies against the government and the personality of the governor.
The Senior Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, Ojo Oyewamide, in a statement to WESTERN POST noted that the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu frowned at those who could not see anything good from this present government but rather, making lies as their watch ward at every point in life.
According to the statement “It has come to the knowledge of the Ondo State Government that certain individuals, especially those who have offered to serve as tools in the hands of the opposition, have perfected plans to concoct and sustain lies against the Ondo State Governor.”
The statement explained that “Undoubtedly, the Ondo State Government has enjoyed an appreciable measure of support from the media, this relationship is not only cherished; it is encouraging and more reassuring each day, especially as the Government considers the media a veritable partner in the pursuit of development for our dear State.”
He, however, called on the people of the state to be aware of the intrigues of the wicked in propagating lies and making much ado over nothing on needless issues.
The statement noted that “Needless to recall that opposition elements devoted the last three weeks to uncanny insinuations and self-idolating vituperations.
“The vitrolic and somewhat insensitive nature of the peddled rumours notwithstanding, Government did not hesitate to clear the air with decency. Events in the aftermath, especially as they affect the activities of Mr. Governor, gave no credence to the inglorious crawl of those responsible for such untruth either.
“All the same, it has become pertinent to alert the general public that these conveyors of blackmail and lies are at it again. This time around, they intend to shun out a fresh angle that Governor Akeredolu in their imagination, is in a herbal home. Among their mercenaries who have offered to plant such stories is the spokesman of a former governorship candidate who has found his way back to the media”
He, therefore, said time has come for the people to see reasons in the developmental strides of the state government, mostly now that, Akure, the state capital will soon be the signature of all eyes over the recent MOU signed with German Medical giant in building world-class Medical City.
“This untoward plot is coming less than 48 hours after Governor Akeredolu, in the full glare of the media, presided over the signing of an MoU between the Ondo State Government and a German medical giant, Medicus International to establish a world-class Sunshine Medical City in Akure, the State capital. Not only did he preside over proceedings, he granted a post-event interview.”
It, therefore, becomes not just suspicious but shamelessly preposterous that some persons would hide under the cover of balancing a ‘packaged’ story to disseminate outright lies. No doubt, these are marked acts aimed at distracting the Governor. They are not without motives of unclear purports, but Governor Akeredolu will not be distracted.