The Peoples Democratic Party ,PDP has condemned a statement credited to governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of ondo state that natives of Akure division of the state are not yet qualified to contest for governorship position ahead of 2020.
The Akure geopolitical zone comprises Akure South, Akure North and Ifedore Local Governments.
Akeredolu at the weekend told residents of Akure zone of ondo state that it was not yet their turn to produce governor of the state, saying the people of Akure should wait pending when it would come turn to produce the governor for the state.
With the fact that The zone is yet to produce any elective governor or Minister since the return of democracy in 1999 , Akeredolu’s statement has generated reactions from stakeholders.
In a statement by its Director of Publicity, in Ondo State, Zadok Akintoye, the PDP said “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, 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 anti democratic leader to undermine the 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.
Finally, we admonish Mr Arakunrin to focus on issues of good governance and to limit his advice to things that are capable of uniting our people for the good of our dear 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. ”Akintoye said.
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