By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Sequel to the statement made during an interview with the Ondo state Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, on the conduct of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state during the primary, the party spokesperson, Zadok Akintoye has said that the Commissioner has not managed his utterances well and his utterances to the party are unguided.
A statement made available to Western Post on Sunday by Akintoye reads, “The attention of the PDP, Ondo State Chapter, has been drawn to a statement credited to the Ondo State governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, on the peacefully held primary election of the PDP of July 22 2020.
“No doubt, the allegation reeks of sheer falsehood, least expected from the Chief Security Officer of a State.
“The governor was quoted, through an interview with the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr. Donald Ojogo, as saying that the exercise was violent and that certain unnamed facilities at the Dome were destroyed.
“Without any feeling of hysteria for his trumped-up allegation, it is important to let the governor realise that as attestation to the peaceful conduct of the primary poll, virtually all those who contested against the winner of the election issued respective statements, commending the peaceful conduct of the PDP primary election.
“Besides, not a single word of complaint has so far been expressed by the management of the state-owned event centre, that there was damage of any sort, at the facility.
“The Information Commissioner’s expression, on behalf of the governor, quite ridiculously serves as sheer recapitulation of the age-long saying that, ‘Before the farm owner gets the time to blow the whistle, the thief is accusing the owner of the farm of stealing’.
“Otherwise, how would one describe the orgies of violent acts unleashed on perceived strongholds of the PDP by heavily armed thugs, fighting the cause of the governor.
“Only two days ago, some political thugs linked to the power-that-be in the state, invaded Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, and Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, coercing harried students into supporting the Aketi Second Term Agenda.
“Ironically, these same students who are now being forcefully herded into a selfish agenda are stultifying under outrageous tuition fees imposed on them by the Aketi government, and invariably, on their parents.
“To further amplify this administration’s anti-violence hypocrisy, suspected APC thugs linked to the governor’s second-term agenda recently turned terrorists in Owo town, shooting and attacking perceived political opponents, without any comment from Aketi.
Last night, a group allegedly belonging to Aketi team attacked another group that belonged to Adelami, an APC governorship aspirant in Owo, the governor’s hometown, leading to serious injuries on both sides.
“Therefore, if there is anyone promoting thuggery, it is Aketi’s desperate party, the APC, under his leadership. That is why he should first remove the log in his eyes before taking out the candy in our mouths.
“Fact is; Aketi is afraid of PDP’s Eyitayo Jegede’s emergence and it is understandable. If he’s a man of honour, he should just withdraw from the race and stop wasting the scarce resources of Ondo State on a project that is destined to fail.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Governor Akeredolu should send his sleuths to town, to see how the common people are exultant, that a liberator in Eyitayo Jegede has come.”