Those with the correct information about Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s health status should not give the public opportunity to draw from beer parlour talks and speculations.
These were the words of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State on Tuesday while reacting to the news that the Governor was extremely incapacitated, as alleged by the APC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu.
The PDP had reacted via a presser made available to newsmen in Akure, the State capital by it’s publicity secretary, Kennedy Peretei, adding that the people deserve to know, as they pray for his quick recovery.
Read the full text of the statement below:
AKEREDOLU’S HEALTH STATUS: THE NEW TWIST
National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Adamu Abdullahi gave a new twist to the health status of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who is said to be recuperating very well in a German hospital. Abdullahi declared emphatically at a meeting of National Working Committee members, attended by State Chairmen that “Akeredolu is in a state of extreme incapacity, hospitalised”.
In a swift reaction, the Ondo State Chairman of APC, Ade Adetimehin who personally attended the meeting has dismissed the report, describing it as wicked, insensitive and false. Ondo State Commissioner for Information, tagged the story as being peddled by rumour mongers.
Abdullahi’s opinion on Akeredolu’s health has merely added petrol to a raging fire in Ondo State. The responses from Ondo government and APC proved clearly that there is a disconnect between the national leadership and the party in the Sunshine State. A disconnect that is evident in the appointments made so for far by the Bola Tinubu’s administration in which Ondo State is completely missing.
Even in the supposed Ministerial Nominees list widely circulated on social media ( though dismissed as fake by Presidential Spokesman, Dele Alake), Ondo State nominees were allotted Junior Ministers positions.
One is tempted to think that those responsible for the information management of Governor Akeredolu have made nonsense of their assignment, keeping people in dark until a spatula is put in their mouths to speak.
Even if Akeredolu is “extremely incapacited”, is it Senator Adamu Abdullahi that should announce it to the world? Who gave him the briefing from which he spoke? What was he insinuating with his “extremely incapacitated” narrative? We leave all of that in the realm of speculation. Since those concerned cannot effectively communicate with the people of Ondo on what is happening to their Governor.
Talking seriously, the people of Ondo State across party lines are genuinely praying for Akeredolu to return to his desk soonest. Only a few have openly declared that the Governor’s return may be injurious to their aspiration and hence secretly wish the Governor dead. Unfortunately, in spite of medical postulations, only God knows who will be alive in the next minute.
Those with the correct information about Governor Akeredolu’s health status should not give the public opportunity to draw from beer parlour talks and speculations. The people deserve to know, as they pray for his quick recovery.
Kennedy Ikantu Peretei.
State Publicity Secretary, PDP, Ondo State.