The Ondo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday faulted the statement credited to the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) that the overhead bridge constructed by governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) in Ore town was a misplaced priority.
A statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro described the statement as reckless and unhealthy.
It noted that Jegede’s reference to education as an area on which the government should have spent the fund for the construction actually demonstrated his lack of adequate knowledge of how government is being executed.
The APC maintained that governance should touch the life of its people in different areas of need.
According to the statement, the Ore interchange bridge is one of the ways government strives to reduce traffic lockdown and the rate of vehicular accidents which, very often, claim the lives of our people around the area.
It said, “saving life is priceless, while the benefit of that interchange to the daily life and the economy of our state are not easily quantifiable.
“We advise Jegede to do his findings before committing himself to wild submissions as the government of Akeredolu has improved the standard of education tremendously since he attained office.
“It is pitiable to hear Jegede condemning such expedient project as it was on record that he chaired the Committee that recommended it for the previous administration of the PDP to undergo the construction of the Dome, but terminated the construction of the 10,000 capacity New Stadium, Owena Water reticulation projects and several other projects embarked on by the administration of Dr. Olusegun Agagu”
The party said shortchanging the interest of the youths, majority of the indigenes of the state and particularly, his people in Akure for a white elephant project that allowed him and his boss personal benefits was retrogressive.
It said, “in real term, the Ore town interchange bridge and the Ondo Lynl industrial hubs, both, at Ore town are projects that would touch the lives of the people of the state and the immediate community based on the frequency of use, economic transactions and landmark infrastructure more than a Dome that does not touch the life of the people in much productive way as mentioned herein.
“While wishing the PDP candidate well in his mission to contest the governorship seat of the state, as that was the basis for his attack on the person of the governor and the present administration, we should be quick to remind him that he who lives in a glass house should not throw stones.
The statement recalled that records of activities of the previous government he served for eight years and in which he played prominent roles went as far as to commit the state to a huge debt of over 220 billion naira.
” Also, there was the seven months salary arrears of the civil servants, those ignominious and callous acts are still fresh in the mind of the people”.
The party noted that the present path of recovery, growth and infrastructural development of the state that Akeredolu has started, would not be compromised by the same people who put them into such mess.