According to reports, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Ondo State governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), has said the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the November election, Rotimi Akeredolu, is dazed by his popularity.
Akeredolu, who had referred to Jegede as Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s stooge, said that Mimiko chose Jegede as the candidate of the PDP in order to enable him (Mimiko) realise a third term agenda.
But Jegede, in a statement, on Sunday, said that the APC candidate referred to him as Mimiko’s stooge because he (Akeredolu) was dazed by his popularity.
He said, “Akeredolu is dazed by the ‘Eyilafe’ phenomenon vibrating across the state. It is ridiculous that the custodian of a controversial governorship ticket could link the emergence of the PDP candidate to a third term agenda.
“He should go and mend the crumbling walls that characterised his emergence. He should go and find a solution to the polarisation his ticket has caused his crises-ridden party at both state and national levels.
“It is ridiculous to say a man who has attained the peak of his career and, unarguably, the longest serving head of the Body of Benchers in the country, with a distinguished career in both private and public service will be tagged as a stooge to anybody.”
Jegede challenged Akeredolu to present his manifesto to the people of Ondo State, stressing that the APC candidate did not have any plan for Ondo people.
“Who was the stooge foisted on the Ondo APC about four years ago? Who is the stooge being foisted on the APC today? Akeredolu is not even popular in his hometown. The people of Ondo State will not vote people who do not know the state.”
Meanwhile, some indigenes of Akoko in Ondo State have lamented that the area had been neglected by the Mimiko administration in the areas of infrastructural development.
The indigenes under the auspices of Akoko Development Group alleged that Akoko land, which comprises four local government areas, had not felt the impact of the current administration in terms of infrastructure in spite of the support the people of the area gave to it.
This was contained in a statement signed by the President and Secretary of ADG, Dr. Kingsley Shaba, and Mr. Fola Amure, respectively.
They statement urged all Akoko indigenes to be wise and vote for a governorship candidate of any political party that would improve the fortunes of Akoko land.
The statement read, “The whole of Akoko is totally bereft of any government presence as all infrastructures are grounded. It is sad to note that all our aspirations to enjoy the dividends of democracy in Akoko have not been met in spite of the vibrancy of our people in partisan politics. Akoko has always been at the receiving end as our efforts have not been adequately rewarded.”
However, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, said Akoko land was not neglected by the current administration, adding that many developmental projects that were sited in other parts of the state were also sited in Akoko land.
He said, “Recently, the state government embarked on the rehabilitation of the Ikare-Akoko-Owo Road which is owned by the Federal Government. The road had totally collapsed before the state government intervened.
“Also, there are other developmental projects sited in Akoko land such as mega schools, modern neighbourhood markets, some roads were also constructed in the area. We cannot neglect our people in Akoko land. It is not possible and more projects would also be completed before the expiration of the tenure of this administration.”