Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has continued to receive criticism over his claim that All Progressives Congress (APC) would rule the state forever.

The fresh criticism came from Eyitayo Jegede Campaign Organisation (EJCO) which described governor’s statement as arrogant and oppressive.

Akeredolu was quoted to have stated on Monday in Akure that “We need to work for the party(APC). The APC will continue to rule this state forever.”

The governor was said to have taunted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) standard bearer, Eyitayo Jegede, that it was not yet the turn of the Central Senatorial District to produce a governor, saying the district should wait for the next 12 years.

A statement by Samuel Fasua, Head, Media Research, of EJCO, reds in parts “Wonders, they say, shall never end. What on earth would move a governor to be playing god and talking down on the people, that a particular political party will rule them forever?

“It’s altogether amusing that the governor has turned himself to ‘a prophet of everlasting rule’, for a party that has left the people of the state impoverished, and allowed social infrastructure to decay in the last three and half years.

“That statement was not only arrogant and oppressive, it also presented a supposed leader talking down on the people, out of desperation to stave off a looming electoral defeat.”

The group noted that while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) had been highlighting his programmes of action as campaign issues, the reverse was the case for the APC flagbearer.

“While Jegede has been seeking the votes of the people, telling them the programmes he intends to carry out in four years, our friend at the other party has been going around with rotational governorship, as his sole campaign issue.

“As they say, the hood does not necessarily make the monk. That a particular governorship candidate comes from a particular part of the state does not translate to competence, especially given the onerous task of proper management of the human and material resources of our dear state.

“The people can no longer be fooled with irrelevant tales, in the face of mass poverty and apparant display of opulence by some pseudo-aristocrats, who are currently presiding over the fiefdom that Ondo State has been reduced to.

“That ugly scenario, among others, is exactly what our people seek to erase, come October 10, this year,” the EJCO replied.”

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