Ondo poll: Akeredolu denies running a family government

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By Gift Habib

The All Progressives Congress candidate, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has denied the allegation of running a family government.

Akeredolu made this known in the State governorship debate on Sunday in Akure.

While responding to the questions, he denied the allegation of running a family government, saying that he ran a transparent government.

The governor said that his wife was not a commissioner, neither did any of his children hold a post in his government.

Instead, he said that his wife “has been helping the women of Ondo State through the “BRECAN Initiative”.

“Let anybody that has evidence that anyone of my family is a consultant in the government come out.

“We will sue anyone that lies against my family,’’ he said.

The debate, titled “2020 Ondo Governorship Election: Face the Voters” was organised by media organisations, labour unions and other critical stakeholders in the state.

The Moderator, Akinwumi Asobunde said “We invited candidate of APC, PDP, SDP and ZLP for this debate and none of the candidates showed any sign that he will not attend as at one hour to the programme.

“But only the candidate of APC and SDP – Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and Mr Peter Fasua respectively were present at the scheduled time,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Eyitayo Jegede of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) came an hour behind the scheduled time.

Jegede, the PDP candidate, promised to run a transparent government if elected, cautioning his supporters against violence during the polls.

“There is nothing to be gained by violence which is why I make sure I report to the Police when such happens.

“This state must have respect for peace and order.

“I plead with our young men not to go near violence, and our leaders must discourage violence,’’ Jegede said.

The governorship candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Mr Agboola Ajayi absent himself from the debate.

Agboola, who is the current deputy Governor of the State decamped from All Progressives Congress (APC) to ZLP to contest the governorship election.

All candidates present called on their supporters to shun any act of violence during the governorship election scheduled to hold on October 10.

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