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Ondo PDP Youths Issue Three-day Ultimatum As They Protest Akeredolu’s Absence

The youths of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, on Monday, protested against the absence of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu from the state.

The security agents laid siege to the secretariat of the PDP early on Monday, ahead of the protest in Akure.

The armed security personnel, who included policemen and operatives of the Department of State Services, parked their vehicles at the entrance of the PDP secretariat on Monday morning.

It was gathered that as a result of the situation, workers in the PDP secretariat were unable to enter their offices and stood outside for several hours.

The PDP youths were eventually permitted to hold the protest on the premises of the secretariat.

Speaking, one of the PDP youth leaders, Mr Akintayo Oluyi, said, “There is no gainsaying that in the last nine months, there has been a vacuum of leadership in Ondo State. Sometime in April, the people of the state agitated and that led us to have an acting governor.

“We were also aware of what transpired when Aiyedatiwa was acting in his stead. That isn’t even our problem because it’s an internal issue. But since 32 days ago when the governor arrived from his three-month medical leave in Germany, we’ve not seen the governor anywhere near the state.

“Yet, we’ve been hearing of Akeredolu passing bills into law by proxy and this is what informed the protest by the youth wing of the PDP in the state. We can no longer continue like this. We are the voice of the people, we are the voice of the masses.

“We are saying, Mr Governor must resume duty; he can no longer govern us by proxy; we can no longer be hearing that he’s one thing or the other when we’ve not sighted him. We know the governor we have, if he’s truly fit, we would have sighted him in the streets of Akure.

“The youth wing of the PDP is giving Mr Governor the next 24 hours to address the people of Ondo State and we are giving him three days ultimatum to resume to the state. We’ve been seeing a series of responses from the APC that the governor will join us in days’ time. We are giving him three days ultimatum to address us and if he fails, we. as the opposition party, will occupy the streets of Akure and we will continue to demand that he either resume or resign.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, said the deployment of policemen to the PDP secretariat was to prevent a breakdown of law and order.

Odunlami said, “On Friday, we got a kind of unanimous letter stating that some people wanted to protest and the letter came in without a letterhead, no details of those that wanted to embark on the protest and for the safety of the party involved we just felt to mobilise our men to maintain law and orders in case of anything.”

But a group, Ondo Masses Solidarity Movement, accused the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, of being behind the planned protest by the PDP youths.

In a statement by its Coordinator, Chief Ogunyemi Jeremiah, the group alleged that Aiyedatiwa had been reaching out to opposition parties and youths to occupy the street of Akure and protest against the governor.

The statement read, “We have it on good authority that the deputy governor instigated the protest and had already sponsored some youths to join the protest. A meeting was held at a hotel in Alagabaka, Akure where money was shared among the youths.

“Part of the plans, which was foiled by the security agencies, was that the protesters would set a petrol-filled tanker on fire within the state capital. They had also planned to raze down the House of Assembly complex. The planned protest was never in the interest of the masses. The masses are receiving their palliative and also enjoying their thriving sales due to the regular payment of salaries and leave bonuses in the state.”

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