By: Adeboye Ado
On Wednesday, Ondo State Chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said the Akeredolu-led government inherited a bad economy through unpaid workers’ salaries and poor funding of State-owned tertiary institutions.
Trace reports that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) accused the ruling party of grounding the state “in just six years that it has been at the saddle”
But APC, while responding to the allegation in a statement signed by Alex Kalejaye, the party’s state Publicity Secretary, said the economic woes was solely caused by the immediate past administration.
The statement read, “the recent outburst of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State deserves sympathy from all, including the ruling All Progressives Congress, which the opposition party ignorantly attacked. However, there is the need to educate the ailing group, led by Mr. Fatai Adams.
“It is unbelievable that the opposition party could accused the APC-led government of “grounding the state in six years”. The party further alleged that the ruling party has crippled the health and education sectors.
“We concede the right to mourn to the opposition party, after losing political giants like Dr. Olumuyiwa Adu, and his team, but twisting facts smacks of political frustration.
“The APC wishes to remind the good people of Ondo State that the ruling party inherited a dilapidated economy, six years ago. As at the time, it was impossible to pay salaries for over seven months, and several sectors were in disarray.
“Within six years of dedication, commitment and good governance, the APC-led government has changed the narratives. All the unpaid salaries by the PDP have since been cleared by the administration of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, CON.
“The thought of employing workers into ministries and departments was alien to the PDP led government, for eight years. The APC government has so far employed thousands of workers, to boost the existing workforce and enhance the effectiveness of various government organs. Unlike in the days of PDP, they are enjoying regular payment of salaries.
“The APC government inherited poorly funded State Universities. The Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, was the worst hit by the criminal neglect by the PDP administration. The institutions are healthy today, with regular funding.
“Ours is the only State in the South West zone without a teaching hospital. The APC-led government has taken the bold step to remedy the situation: building two teaching hospitals simultaneously. The projects are almost completed.
“The state chapter celebrates the arrival of Dr. Olumuyiwa Adu, a lawyer and former formidable candidate of the PDP for Akure South/North Federal Constituency, Hon. Bode Obanla, Dr. Kolawole Joseph, and the entire political family of the late Hon. Omolafe Adedayo (Expensive) into our fold.
“They are enviable political assets any day, and will add value to the the ruling party.
“The Ondo State APC, under the chairmanship of Engr. Ade Adetimehin, has built a virile chapter, that is appealing, not only to the active players in the PDP, but other political parties.
“One would have expected the struggling PDP to seek out the magic wand of the Idanre-born political tactician, instead of hurling insults, wailing and kicking.
“We appeal to the PDP to demonstrate maturity in handling the loss. We further assure that our doors will remain open for those willing to join hands with us, in our selfless drive to build a more economically prosperous Sunshine State.