The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has queried the Governor of the State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for returning to Ibadan and not Akure, the Ondo State capital, after his medical vacation.
The PDP publicity secretary, Kennedy Peretei in a statement on Friday described the development as a continuation of Akeredolu’s usual lack of respect for the people of Ondo State, by practically relocating his government and State Assembly to his residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Akeredolu had on 6th June 2023 written to the Ondo State House of Assembly about his medical vacation abroad amidst rumours that he was incapacitated. The medical leave took three clear months.
The PDP further asked why the return of the Governor was not made public by the government, while his wife took to the social media to do so.
“Mrs Betty Akeredolu, the Governor’s wife shut down the social media by posting her husband’s photo in an aircraft with the caption “Homebound” yesterday. There was no official release from Akeredolu’s media handlers, a responsibility Betty has since assumed.
“While Akeredolu was in Germany, attending to his health, Ondo State suffered multidimensional setbacks, from in fighting to huge sums of money siphoned from the state treasury as medical expenses.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ondo State Chapter expected that, now that the Governor is back in Nigeria, his first point of call should have been Ondo State, where everybody prayed for his quick recovery and return to his duties.
“Instead, he headed for Ibadan and instructed all State Cabinet members and State Assembly men to join him.
“This is very absurd and an insult on the sensibility of Ondo State people. If Akeredolu has been certified fit to resume duties, let him notify the Assembly accordingly to conclude the remainder of his tenure for which he has been barely tolerated,” the statement read.