Ak­eredolu plans to set­tle herds­men in Ondo – PDP

The Punch - - NEWS - Peter Dada, Akure

THe Ondo State chap­ter of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party has ac­cused the state gov­ern­ment of be­ing in­sen­si­tive to the se­cu­rity chal­lenges and the welfare of the peo­ple of the state.

The op­po­si­tion party said Gover­nor Ro­timi Ak­eredolu had been en­cour­ag­ing the in­flux of Fu­lani herds­men into the state.

The Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of the PDP in the state, mr Zadok Ak­in­toye, told jour­nal­ists in Akure that the All Pro­gres­sives

Congress-led ad­min­is­tra­tion had noth­ing for the state.

He added that Ak­eredolu had per­formed be­low av­er­age.

He said there was an in­di­ca­tion that the gov­ern­ment might know about the com­ing of the 200 armed Fu­lani herds­men to Ajowa Akoko com­mu­nity in the Akoko North-west Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state, re­cently as the gover­nor never de­nied the ear­lier al­le­ga­tions of plan­ning to bring herds­men to set­tle in the state.

Ak­in­toye said, “There were al­le­ga­tions against this gov­ern­ment that it was plan­ning to bring in Fu­lani herds­men to set­tle in dif­fer­ent parts of Ondo State and those al­le­ga­tions have not been de­nied or de­bunked by the gov­ern­ment.

“For in­stance, we asked why the chief se­cu­rity of­fi­cer of a state would not be able to mit­i­gate the set­tle­ment of Fu­lani herds­men in Ajowa Akoko.”

Ac­cord­ing to him, the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion in the state has no more idea of what to do to move the state for­ward, adding that the ad­min­is­tra­tion also lacked trans­parency and accountabi­lity.

“For us as a po­lit­i­cal party, we are not ex­pect­ing the APC gov­ern­ment to per­form bet­ter than it has done in the last two and a half years be­cause the key indices for hu­man de­vel­op­ment have not been tack­led.

“In gov­er­nance, the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Oluwaro­timi Ak­eredolu has not also shown it­self to be trans­par­ent, to be open and to be ac­count­able to the peo­ple,” Ak­in­toye al­leged.

But the state chair­man of the APC, mr Ade Ade­time­hin, said the al­le­ga­tion by the PDP was mis­chievous.

He said the peo­ple of the state were en­joy­ing the Ak­eredolu-led gov­ern­ment, par­tic­u­larly in the area of in­fra­struc­ture.

He said, “’Ak­eredolu has done a lot in the area of se­cu­rity and welfare of the peo­ple. The se­cu­rity chal­lenge fac­ing the state be­fore had been ad­e­quately ad­dressed.

“The PDP only wants to speak so that peo­ple could hear the party talk­ing. Achieve­ments of Ak­eredolu in the last two and half years have si­lenced the op­po­si­tion. Move around the 18 lo­cal gov­ern­ments of the state, there is no sec­tor that Ak­eredolu has not touched.”

•L-r:chan­cel­lor, Cathe­dral of St. Jude, Ebute Meta, Jus­tice Yinka Faji; Dean of the Cathe­dral, Ven Feyi Oje­labi; his wife, Muyiwa; The Angli­can Bishop of La­gos Main­land Dio­cese, Rt. Rev Ak­in­pelu John­son; his wife, Olabo; Mother of the Vice Pres­i­dent, Mrs Bisi Os­in­bajo; and Deputy Chan­cel­lor, Jus­tice Bukonla Ade­biyi, at the New Year ser­vice at the Cathe­dral of St. Jude, Ebute Meta, La­gos... on Wed­nes­day. Photo: Cathe­dral of St. Jude

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