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By: Ade Adeleke
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has been urged to emulate his Ekiti state counterpart Dr Kayode Fayemi by paying outstanding salaries and arrears of severance allowances of political appointees which his regime inherited from the last administration of Dr Olusegun Mimiko.
Speaking with newsmen in Akure on behalf of the former Appointees, Hon. Sunday Menukuro explained that Akeredolu should demonstrate uncommon affection and settle the severance allowances to make lives bearable for the former appointees.
He said payment would make the affected ex-political appointees to heave a sigh of relief.
Menukuro said, “On behalf of the immediate past political appointees, I humbly write to appeal to His Excellency, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to emulate his Ekiti state counterpart and pay our outstanding salaries and severance arrears which he inherited from the last administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko”.
“It would be recalled that early this year, Dr Fayemi of Ekiti state paid the arrears owed to ex-political appointees of his predecessor, Fayose. This was in spite of the widely acknowledged disaffection between Fayemi and Fayose – his immediate past predecessor”.
He opined that, “Dr Fayemi, in demostrating a large heart, did not let such negativity affect his obligation of paying the salary arrears owed by his immediate predecessor. It was a rare demonstration of good statesmanship and leadership for doing the needful”.
“In my humble opinion, if Dr Fayemi could do this much for his arch political opponents, it is safe to be hopeful that our own governor Arakunrin Akeredolu, a no less altruistic and compassionate governor; and widely celebrated friend of our former governor – Dr Olusegun Mimiko, would please pay us (ex-political appointees) in good faith”.
“Unconfirmed information at our disposal is to the effect that Governor Akeredolu had promised his friend and former governor Dr Mimiko, several times that he was going to pay us”.
“We therefore wish to leverage on this humane understanding to implore Arakunrin Akeredolu to honour this noble promise which remains unfulfilled, two years into his tenure as the Governor of Ondo State”.
He noted that, “Perhaps I should add that paying us these arrears will not only relieve us and our families, it will also add to His Excellency’s credibility as a responsive leader whose repertoire of consideration habours no discrimination against anyone, as he has demonstrated in many of his policies and public pronouncements so far”.
The former Appointees pleaded with Governor Akeredolu to approve the legitimate salary obligations to boost his ever glowing political cap, just like in the case of his Ekiti counterpart, Dr Kayode Fayemi.