ONDO2020: “Akeredolu denied ZLP Venue To Launch Campaign”- Ajayi

With Ondo State governorship election less than a month, the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) has accused Rotimi Akeredolu, All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate and current governor of Ondo State of denying ZLP the venue to launch their campaign, describing Akeredolu as Intolerant and also claiming that the price of the venue was increased from N5m to N11m.

While the information and Orientation commissioner to the state government and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Donald Ogogo has denied this claim and called it an act of sabotage, claiming that the venue is not controlled by the state government rather by a consultant.

The statement by the Deputy governor of Ondo state and candidate of ZLP reads,

“The Office of the Ondo State Deputy Governor and candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Agboola Ajayi is again constrained to draw the attention of the general public, particularly, the good people of Ondo State, to the growing intolerance and undemocratic temperament of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu SAN towards the people’s choice – the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) as the October 10 governorship election approaches.

“Let be it known that the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) applied for the usage of the M K O Abiola Democracy Park, Akure to flag off its campaign rally.

“After the successful completion of all due process, the agency responsible, acting on the instruction of Ondo State governor deliberately hiked the price from the original five million naira, which the venue was given out to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for its own rally on Saturday, 12th September 2020.

“Even at that, the Zenith Labour Party ( ZLP) was ready to pay the N11 million charged but the official in charge disappeared. It then became clear that Governor Akeredolu was ready to frustrate the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP). This is a condemnable act!

” lt is disheartening that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria can preside over a government that would deny the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) the use of any public facility especially the Democracy Park built under the visionary leadership of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, who is the national leader of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

“We, therefore, call on the elder statesmen, religious leaders, lovers of democracy and all discerning minds to advise Mr Governor to tow the path of honour and desist from undemocratic and perfidious acts.

“Ondo State belongs to all of us and nobody should use the mere privilege of leadership to ruin our prestige as the state of courageous and enlightened people”.

The campaign has been shifted to the rally has been shifted to the government field in Ore, in Odigbo council area of the state.

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