A governorship aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, has said that the distribution of rice to the poverty-striken people of the state by Governor Olusegun Mimiko was meant to celebrate his administration’s deceit, debauchery and systematic swindling of the people for eight years.
Akeredolu said the distribution of rice by Mimiko polling unit by polling unit a few months to the next governorship election in the state was nothing, but an act of electoral fraud.
The former President of Nigerian Bar Association asked the governor to pay workers’ salaries, instead of deceiving them with paltry rice that could not feed them for a day.
The governorship aspirant, who spoke in a statement by his media office on Thursday, said Mimiko’s decision to distribute “such paltry food reduces the people to a pitiable state of beggary.”
Akeredolu said, “It is unfortunate that the Ondo State governor is now embarking on a grandiose charade designed to deceive the people. This is a government that has failed to meet its primary obligation. This is a government that has not paid public servants for six months.”
He said there was no justification for the distribution of the “so-called Igbe-Ayo rice at the period the state “is preparing for governorship election and at the time the state is reeling under heavy debt burden. The state debt burden is now in the region of N85bn or more.”
Akeredolu said, “What then is the justification of sharing of food if the government cannot meet its primary obligation? Our people are not asking for food from any government. What they are simply asking for is a responsible government, which is currently lacking in the state.”