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By: Ade Adeleke
The Ondo state chapter of the main opposition party, (PDP) has frowned at a move by the ruling party, APC, Ondo state chapter to support the reelection of Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.
The Chairman of the party in Ondo State, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, had on Tuesday dropped the hint in Akure, when he led the State Working Committee in a parley with the leaders of Igbo, Hausa, and Ibira communities, at the State Secretariat, that a committee had been constituted to help in getting Bello reelected in next month’s governorship election.
Adetimehin said Ondo APC would constitute “a comprehensive committee of members of the State Executive Committee, and representatives of the various communities in the State that will join our brethren in Kogi State.”
But reacting, a press statement by its spokesman, Zadok Akintoye laments that the step by the Ondo APC will amount to waste of state scarce resources.
Below is the full text of the Statement;
ONDO STATE PDP
RE: ONDO APC SETS UP COMMITTEE TO SUPPORT YAHAYA BELLO’S REELECTION IN KOGI STATE.
It becomes very important to call the attention of all good citizens of Ondo state to the imminent misappropriation of state resources by the Akeredolu led APC government to fund the reelection bid of Mr Yahaya Bello of Kogi state.
We are aware that Mr Yahaya Bello in 2016 funded the election of the incumbent governor into power and that it has become mandatory on this present administration to pay back the investment of Mr Bello towards that election in 2016. It should be remembered that the Kogi State Governor, practically relocated to Ondo state to do a yeoman’s job in ensuring that his friend was well funded in winning his election.
It is noteworthy that in the last two years, citizens of this state have been forced to pay increased levies and taxes to fund governments demand for funds which is yet unaccounted for by the APC led Ondo State government. Yet, it has become a matter of concern and priority for the APC to fund, support and finance with levies obtained by force from our people the reelection of a government that has been considered an unprecedented failure in the annals of governance in Nigeria.
As it stands, Ondo state citizens now pay obnoxious levies and taxes on their houses, no longer is education made free neither is it made affordable, health care infrastructure has decayed to an abysmal level, existing road infrastructure left in abject neglect, security of lives and property not guaranteed and with a current external debt profile well over $50millon, one would expect this government to focus state resources on providing succour to the people governed.
In a state that has not been able to build on the legacies of past leaders and where cost of project execution has been shrouded in secrecy, it would be tantamount to citizens disdain for our government to seek to finance an election in our sister state with resources obtained from burdening our people.
We reiterate our support to the good people of Ondo state and call on all citizens to demand that this APC-led government ensure that funds generated in our state are used exclusives for the development of our people.
Director of Media & Publicity, PDP ONDO STATE