By: Oluwatosin Adesola
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, on Tuesday said he was in the Presidential Villa today to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to Ondo State for his administration’s third anniversary celebration.
The governor also said the formation of the Southwest security outfit codenamed Amotekun was not for his reelection bid.
Akeredolu, who is also the chairman of the south west governors forum, said: “Ondo state has already done enough in terms of security and I do not really need Amotekun to be reelected for a second term as governor.”
Governor Akeredolu, who was at the Presidential Villa on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari, told State House Correspondents that he came to formally invite the president to commission the Ore flyover which is among several projects to be commissioned to mark the 3rd anniversary of his administration.
Akeredolu said he was at the villa to invite the president for the inauguration of some projects executed by his administration.
He said, “As you all know, I’ll be three years in office on Feb. 24 and activities lined up in celebration of our third year in office include the inauguration of many of the projects which we have concluded.
“And that is why I have come to see the president and to personally invite him to inaugurate the iconic flyover that we have in Ore, which Ondo State built over a federal road because we have enough carnage at that spot in Ore.
“The flyover cost us over N5 billion. It is an important project for us.”
When asked whether his meeting with the president touched on Amotekun, he said they didn’t discuss the matter at all.
“That is probably why I had to brief you, journalists, because as I was coming here, I read in one of our papers that I was coming in here to discuss Amotekun with the president. I did not discuss that with him in any way. We didn’t even mention it. He wouldn’t have asked me because I was not here for that purpose.
“(The) issue of Amotekun is something to do with security and the Vice President has come into the matter; we have held a meeting and we are having subsequent meetings on Feb. 6.
Akeredolu said: “Ondo Civil servants are the happiest in the country because their salaries are paid promptly and we have commenced the payment of the new minimum wage.
Meanwhile, Akeredolu has urged the Federal Government to legalise the use of marijuana solely for the production of CBD drugs in the country.
The Governor said CBD can be extracted from marijuana and is a potent drug in the treatment of cancer.
He expressed concern that Nigeria still spends a huge amount of money importing the drug when it can be produced locally.