The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Ondo stare chapter has raised the alarm over what it described as a plot to loot the state treasury through a welfare scheme launched by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
In a press statement signed by the party’s publicity secretary, Hon Kennedy Peretei, PDP said “AKEREDOLU’S SOCIAL WELFARE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO LOOT STATE TREASURY. Ahead of the Ondo State Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal sitting, the fear of the unknown is driving Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN to do very unthinkable things.
“He (Akeredolu) has designed a scheme called Social Welfare Financial Assistance scheme to release various sums of monies to individuals as Financial Assistance. To underscore the fraudulent intention of the scheme, it is kept as a top secret.
“The same Government that is unable to pay workers salary, pensions and deductions, suddenly wants to dole out money to create pool of money in the event of his being thrown out of Government.
“In the last couple of days, the Governor has acted in ways, suggestive of the fact that, he knows that, his stay in the Government House is but for a while.
“The ceremony for this scheme was not made public for strategic reasons and the venue has been changed a number of time to give vent to its sinister motive.
“We wish to advise Governor Akeredolu to address the challenges of security and welfare that stare our people in the faces instead of devising ways to defraud the people,” Peretei said.
APC DEFENDS AKEREDOLU, ATTACKS PDP
Reacting, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Ondo state chapter said PDP is a group of frustrated people.
According to the APC Spokesman, Alex Kalejaye, “For a group of persons under guise of an opposition party struggling to find its bearing, nothing is spared in the name of comments.
“We feel their pains and their palpable frustration as it gets clear by the day that they have gone deeper in the mess that entangled them.
“For such uninformed comments from the PDP, the best is to express empathy with them, especially when they have lost their bearing in the face of a looming leadership crisis.
“No political party without unity and cohesion can think straight,” Kaleyaiye said.