Adewale Momoh Akure
Ahead of the Ondo State governorship election getting, one of the aspirants of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr. Ife Oyedele has accused Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led government as lacking in focus and direction as the governor had turned the government into a family business.
Oyedele, who is the Executive Director, Engineering and Technical Services of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited insisted that Akeredolu who had been running the affairs of the state like a family enterprise without recourse to members of his cabinet must not be given the party’s flag to contest the governorship election.
He stated this while addressing the APC members in Oka Akoko, the headquarters of Akoko South-West Local Government Area of the state during the empowerment programme for women, organised by a senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice.
Oyedele said: “No indigene of Ondo State today can be proud of the current situation of the state. This year makes the 44th year when Ondo State was created. I don’t think there is any building within the state that has portable water from the government.
“In some parts of the state, people have been battling with electricity blackout for over 10 years. They only rely on the ‘I better pass my neighbour generator’. What this means is that a child of about 10 years of age has never seen electricity from the national grid.
“What has baffled us the most is that every four years we do elect governors but the most painful is that they seem not to have any plan. What we have in Ondo State today is the government of the governor and wife and for his children.”
Oyedele was echoed by two aspirants and chieftains of the APC, Chief Olusola Oke and Jimi Odimayo, who assured party faithful that there were better days ahead for the people of the state.
Odimayo said, “Akeredolu is trying but I don’t think he can do more than what he is doing now . You can’t give what you don’t have. That’s why there is a need for a dynamic youth to come in and deliver the dividends of democracy to our people where the development of the state will be reflecting in the lives of our people.”
But the party’s Chairman, Mr Ade Adetimehin said Akeredolu was sure of getting the ticket of the APC and thereafter win the forthcoming governorship election going by his performance in the last three years of his administration as Akeredolu had no serious aspirants contending the party ticket with him.
“Only strangers or mischief makers will say Akeredolu has done nothing in this state. You can see that he has touched every sector and the people of the state love him. So, his second term is sure.