By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has faulted wife of the state governor, Mrs. Betty Akeredolu, over an Abuja award she received recently, stressing that the award is a scam.
A statement issued on Thursday by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Kennedy Perete, said that each participants were forced to pay a sum of N250,000.
According to the statement, the said amount was paid to the account of one of her aides in Keystone Bank, Uka Alex.
The statement, said:”The instruction was to pay the N250,000 into a Keystone Bank account with the account name, Uka Alex, one of Betty’s aides
“It was a double edged scam, from both Betty Akeredolu and the organisers. Betty’s husband, Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State just paid the 10% outstanding balance of June, 2021 salaries to workers in Ondo State last week.
“Four months unpaid. Should the husband and wife be this callous as to demand N250,000.00 from would be attendees of her phantom award?
“The cost of transportation and hotel bills will run into millions of naira for those who travelled to Abuja with the ‘Most Valuable Governor’s Wife’. But Betty will smile to the bank after this huge scam.”
The statement also said that the governor’s wife has left nobody in doubt that since she became an occupier of Government House Alagbaka, Akure, she has come to be heard and not just to be seen.
“Starting off with her Advocacy program on breast cancer (BRECAN), a first timer to Ondo State will think that, breast cancer is such an epidemic in the state.
“The influence of the governor’s wife permeates her husband’s government so much so that, she is referred to as the Sole Administrator of Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission ( OSOPADEC) an interventionist agency for the coastal areas of the state, where she takes charge of every contract and subvention to the agency, distributing same to whoever she fancies.
“The same agency was used by previous administrations to transform the coastal areas of the state. Akeredolu cannot point to a single project in the mandate areas under his administration.
“There is no appointment made in Ondo State without Betty’s input, a situation that has turned her to an Empress of some sort. The same reason that made it imperative for a lot of people to attend the award ceremony,” the statementadded.