By DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE—THE Action Congress of Nigeria ACN in Ondo state yesterday reviewed the three years of the Labour Party led administration and challenged it to account for the N400 billion it received from the Federation Account.
But the Labour Party, LP, led Government of Segun Mimiko said several projects initiated and completed by the government justified the amount received so far from the Federation Account.
At a briefing in Akure, the state Chairman of the party, Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose, said that the government had performed below the expectation of the people of the state, saying “today, three years into the tenure of the Labour Party government, the state is not only heavily indebted to the tune of N20 billion but has just been dragged to borrow another N50 billion of which N27 billion has been advanced.”
She argued that the government had failed in the delivery of its numerous promises to the people of the state and hence should be voted out.
Anifowose said that the government “believes not in change but window dressing. It believes not in service but politicking. Is it not only clear now that all the endeavours of government were initially not meant to serve the people but to subvert the intellectual density of the people?
All this government cared for is a second ambition, even from the blast of the whistle; the purpose of the third anniversary is to cajole the people into a selfish second term ambition.”
The ACN Chairman who contended that the last three years was a “monumental waste” declared that the people of the state would “sweep them away with their votes when the time comes. They will show that deeds rather than noise make a good government and the state will have a new and real beginning in 2013.”
She criticised the building of Mega Primary Schools by government, saying that it was impossible to remove the disparity between the rich and the poor and described the community and rural development programme of government in which over 350 projects have been executed in the remote areas of the state as window dressing.
But in a swift reaction to the outburst of the ACN, the state government said that the numerous projects initiated and already completed by the present administration justified the amount received so far from the Federation Account.
Information Commissioner Kayode Akinmade in his reaction said that “shows that the ACN have become jittery by the massive show of affection on the person of the governor and the endorsement of government programmes by prominent Nigerians.”
Akinmade said “the two-week event has really shown them that their ambition to take over this state cannot materialize with the level of developmental projects that the state was able to showcase during the celebrations and the support that the governor enjoys among the grassroots.”