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June 24, 2024

Ondo 33 LCDAs: PDP Guber candidate, Ajayi tackles Aiyedatiwa

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—-You should’ve intervene, reconcile aggressive communities

—- His ranting, ignore him- Aiyedatiwa campaign Org

By Dayo Johnson, Akure

The Governorship Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, in Ondo state, Hon Agboola Ajayi, has tackled governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa over the nullification of the 33 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs in the state.

Ajayi declared that Aiyedatiwa could have applied political solution to the matter before the courts final judgement.

Recall that an Akure High Court, had declared as unconditional and illegal the creation of the 33 Local Government Development Areas (LCDAs) by the State government.

Justice Adegboyega Adebusoye, in his verdict described the LCDAS signed into law by late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as inchoate and not lawfully created.

But reacting to the nullification of the LCDAs, Hon Ajayi, blamed governor Aiyedatiwa for allowing the court to nullify the creation of 33 LCDAs created by his former boss, late governor Akeredolu.

Ajayi said in Akure, the state capital that “The government should have intervened, reconciled, and addressed the injustice that people must have raised as regards the creation of LCDAs.

” There is no doubt that LCDAs will bring rapid development to the people and the grassroots.

“I’m blaming Aiyedatiwa because before they went to court, they must have written several letters to him. Even when they were in court, what stopped him from calling to settle out of court?

“There is nothing bad in that, and that is leadership. Do you know how much money has gone into that? The hope of the people has been dashed.

” I said I blamed governor Aiyedatiwa for the judgement and for the aftermath of that creation of LCDAS and I will explain to you.

“Government is a serious business. Once you inherit a asset of a government, you must also inherit the liability or whatever things that come with it.

“Yes, I don’t need to hide my feelings because I was a former local government chairman, former supervising counselor of a local government, a former supervising counselor for works, agriculture and served chairman caretaker committee as well as elected chairman for three years, so if you put all these together, my experience is about eight  years.

“Not only that , when I was the deputy governor, I supervised local government chairmen. So you should know that I have more experience than Aiyedatiwa in that regard.

“I also appreciate and understand what the local government administration can do for the people at the rural areas.

” So we must take local government administration very seriously as the closest government to the people and we must nurture it.

“If we take a look at the news and the zeal that came with that creation that time, it is not a thing we should just throw into the bin.

“We can’t have a perfect system in everything, knowing fully well that when that LCDAS were created, the governor was abroad on a medical leave.

“There are tendencies that one of two persons may want to take advantage of that, to favour others, those who protested have the right to do so.

“These are normal legitimate protests which every tribe must do but it is now the duty of the government to settle those grievances amicably.

“We don’t need to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

“That is only the area I said No, this is wrong, the governor should have intervened, reconciled and addressed the injustice that people were raising as regards the creation of LCDAS.

” No doubt, LCDAS will give rapid development to the people and the grassroots. So I still blame Ondo State government for that.”

Ajayi however promised to come up with policies and programmes aimed at developing the people of the grassroots which creation of LCDAs would be part of if elected as the governor of Ondo come November.

But in a swift reaction, the Lucky Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation Foot Soldiers Independent Council (LACO-FSIC) asked the people of the state to ignore Ajayi adding that he was only ranting.

It’s State Information Director Kayode Fasua, therefore called on stakeholders across all political parties to rein in their supporters in all local government areas and conduct awareness programmes for them to eschew political violence and play the game according to the rule, as campaigns begin officially.

Fasua said that “As for us in the All Progressives Congress, under the leadership of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, we have been preaching peace and our supporters have keyed in, and this is expected from our ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ in other political parties.