The People Democratic Party, Ondo State chapter, has accused the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu of abuse of office over his son, Babjide’s appointment as Director-General of a government agency.
On Tuesday, Babajide Akeredolu was appointed as the DG of Ondo State Performance and Project Implementation Monitoring Unit, drawing mixed reactions from different quarters.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday, the Ondo State PDP spokesperson, Kennedy Peretei, accused the governor of using state funds to ‘procure’ a marriage for Babajide.
He argued that the appointment was not only an abuse of office but was also not in the interest of the state.
The statement reads in part, “The recent appointment of Babajide Akeredolu, a biological son of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN as the Director-General of Performance and Project Implementation Monitoring Unit (PPMIU) is a flagrant abuse of office and affront on the people of Ondo State,”
“The name Babajide Akeredolu became known in Ondo state when the State’s funds were used to procure a marriage for him in Colorado, USA, after the same marriage was consummated in Owo, his father’s birthplace. He has since assumed authority as part of the triad of the reign of father, wife and son.
“The appointment as DG of PPMIU for Babajide, a young man who carries on as though, he was the person voted for as Governor is part of the grand design to finally empty the treasury of the State before Akeredolu returns to Ibadan.”
The PDP also stated that the governor and his family had no empathy for the people of the state but were only focused on living lavishly off state funds.
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Peretei, however, warned the Akeredolus that their alleged lavish spending would soon come to an end and they would be made to account for it.
“It thus appears that Mr Governor and his immediate family are bent on living fat on the lean resources of the people, when poverty has taken over the land, walking in all four legs.
“There is no further proof of Akeredolu’s insensitivity to the plight of the people, when within two years of tenure, he organized three lavish weddings for his children, all in foreign lands – In Mauritius, Canada, and Colorado, USA.
“It is very apparent that it is the greed of the first family that is being fed, no longer their needs. Akeredolu, his wife and children must appreciate that the resources they are wasting in this reckless manner was only given to them in trust for the people. They should remember that the day of reckoning is very near,” PDP warned.