By Victoria Hanson
A Socio-Political Group, Ondo for Truth has warned the members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and detractors within the APC in the state to desist from blackmailing the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, over the unambiguous comment made by the Governor during the submission of the report of the committee constituted by the state government to investigate the reasons the immediate past administration of Olusegun Mimiko owes workers six months’ salary.Speaking to News men in Akure on Monday, the Convener of the group, Mr. Festus Aladesanmi said only people without conscience would fail to appreciate what Akeredolu has done for the workers in the state in less than three months in power.
Aladesanmi who decried the manner which some online newspapers captioned the headlines of their report of the event, stated that Akeredolu has brought Ondo Workers from the jaw-jaw of starvation and hunger to affluence.
Akeredolu, according to some online reports was said to have urged the workers in the state to waive two out of their six months’ salary arrears which the immediate past administration of Olusegun Mimiko handed over to him.
Responding to Akeredolu’s reported appeal to the workers, a facebook user, Pius Adesanmi described Governor Akeredolu as a disappointment. Adesanmi, a professor of English from Carleton University, Canada called for the resignation of Akeredolu over the statement reportedly credited to the Governor.
But Ondo for Truth said the statement credited to Akeredolu was a blatant lie from the pit of hell, describing those who twisted the news as supporters of Mimiko and politicians within the APC outside the state who are envious of the giant strides of Akeredolu in less than three months he got the insignia of power.
“We were shocked by the manner at which some online medium, most especially, Sahara Reporters, turned the headline against Governor Akeredolu. What Mr. Governor said was very explicit. He only appealed to the workers to exercise patience with his government and to be patriotic pending the time he would find the means of paying the salary arrears owed them by the immediate past government of Olusegun Mimiko of the PDP.”
“May be they have forgotten but we want to put it to the public for the sake of record and for posterity that Akeredolu was the first Nigerian Governor to pay four months’ salary in less three months in Alagbaka. This is unprecedented.
“We know those behind the story. They are those who are envious of the giant strides of our indefatigable Governor. Those who orchestrated the news report are supporters of the Mimiko administration and disgruntled members of our party within and outside the state who supported the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy Olusola Oke during the November 26th 2016 election in the state. They are “barefaced people” that ought to bury their heads in shame for leaving six months’ salary arrears unpaid for the Akeredolu’s government.
“We are particularly worried because those who sponsored the headline to discredit Governor Akeredolu are actually those whose government left six months’ salary arrears for this administration. In a saner clime, these disgruntled characters should be wallowing in prison custody for plunging Ondo State into generational debt.
“However, because shame is not in their dictionary, they do not know what to do. Instead of publicly apologizing to the people of Ondo State for pauperising them, they are brazenly and audaciously blackmailing the man sent by God to liberate the workers and the people of Ondo State from their wicked hegemony.
“We are sounding a note of warning to them to desist from blackmailing Governor Akeredolu or else we shall invoke the curse of God on them. Akeredolu is a Jerusalem and we which to refer these men of the underworld to the book of Psalm 122 to read what God says about those who do not want the success of Jerusalem” The group stressed.
Recall that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on March 7 set up a committee headed by the Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi to review the payment of outstanding salary arrears of workers in the state from Aug. 2016 to Jan. 2017 and to establish the causes of the unpaid salaries, submitted its report last Thursday.
Akeredolu was said to have called on the workers to waive part of their salary arrears because the state does not have the resources to offset the salary arrears.
The arrears were owed by the immediate past government headed by Olusegun Mimiko of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Akeredolu, who took over power from Mimiko on February 24th this year, had since paid four months salaries in less than three months in government.