By: Ade Adeleke
As the October 10 governorship election approaches in Ondo state, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has replied the outburst of his predecessor, former Governor Olusegun Mimiko who described the present administration of the APC in the state as anti-people.
In a reaction while speaking with SUNSHINETRUTH in Akure, the Spokesman of the Akeredolu/Aiyedatiwa Campaign organisation, Richard Olatunde said Akeredolu’s administration was clearing Mimiko’s mess.
Mimiko who rooting for the election of the ZLP governorship candidate and state Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, had during a campaign said Akeredolu had failed the people of the state.
However, Akeredolu said, “It’s unfortunate that a Governor that sacked over 10,000 workers in Ondo state is calling the Akeredolu administration an anti-people government.
“It’s on record that Governor Akeredolu since inception in office has not sacked anyone in the state workforce either at the local or state level.
“Those lectures that were sacked unjustly at the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic,Owo and Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko are still alive to bear witness to the anti-people government of Mimiko in this state.
“These workers were only reinstated by Governor Akeredolu. Because of Politics, Mimiko killed the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa (OAUSTECH). What’s more anti -people than the actions of Mimiko in abandoning tye various projects left behind by the late Olusegun Agagu?
“The Akeredolu administration came and realized Mimiko only have two mother and child hospital in the whole of the state. Governor Akeredolu has now expanded from two to seven and they are now across the three senatorial district of the state.
“As we speak, work is ongoing at the Teaching hospital both in Ondo and Akure. Arakunrin Akeredolu has introduced the Contributory health scheme which has also brought about free health care service for children under the age of Five and pregnant women.
“So, on health, Governor Akeredolu has surpassed Mimiko in achievements, just as the Akeredolu administration has recorded significant stride in education and people’s welfare.
“Again, what’s more anti-people than Mimiko’s refusal to pay ONDO State workers seven months salary. The Akeredolu administration is still clearing the mess Mimiko left behind. Six out of the seven months unpaid Salary Mimiko left behind has been paid by Governor Akeredolu.
“The people of the state know that Mimiko has a cunning character. His penchant for treasury must not he taken as political sagacity. He’s a spent force,” Akeredolu said.