By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) Ondo state chapter, has described the comment credited to the Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as unguarded, offensive and warranted from an elected leader of a state.
The governor on Sunday had kicked against Akure producing the next governor of the state in the coming election,, telling the indigenes of Akure geopolitical zone of the state comprises Akure North &south, Ifedore and Idanre local governments ,that it was not yet their turn to produce governor of the state.
In a Press Statement issued by the Ondo state Director of Publicity, PDP, Zafok Akintoye, on Tuesday said the governor’s statement is putrid and highly condemnable and an attempt to pitch the people against each other for electoral gain.
According to him, “Our attention has been drawn to a statement made by the Governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu where he purportedly claimed that the Akure sub-ethnic unit in Ondo state are unqualified at the moment to seek the mandate of the people to lead the state.
“We find it a putrid and highly condemnable comment by the governor and an attempt to pitch the people against each other for electoral gain.
“We must as a matter of urgency, caution and educate the governor on his role as a democratically elected leader of the state, which includes seeking to unite the people of this state in a way and manner as to engender unity. 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 antidemocratic 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.
“The party therefore admonished Akeredolu to focus on issues of good governance and to limit his advice to things that are capable of uniting the people for the good of the state.
“It is disappointing that a governor who has been lethargic in responding to worse security situation the state has ever experience, is more interested in a second term more that the wellbeing of the people.”
Meanwhile, Akure Reform Ambassadors, (ARA), has lambasted the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for saying that Akure cannot produce the next governor of the state.
The Statement signed by Mr. Joshua Oluwadare, its Director of Publicity, the group described Akeredolu’s comment as unfortunate.
The group said, “our attention has been drawn to the media reports on a statement credited to the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, that it is “not the turn of Akure community to produce the governor of the State.
“While we acknowledge the right of Mr. Governor to express his opinion on the politics of the state, we, however, see such categorical statement as unfortunate, bullish and capable of inciting the good and peace loving people of Akure.
“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.
“The governorship seat of Ondo State is not an exclusive preserve of any community. 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 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.
“As it has been in every election in the State, the people of Akure will decide who becomes their governor in the next election and that decision will not be handed down to the community by Mr. Governor.
“If the governor wants to seek reelection, he will make his case to seek the support and votes of Akure people, just like any other candidate for the seat.”