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20 Nov 2018

Ondo assembly crisis: APC leaders blast lawmaker over comment on Gov. Akeredolu’s re-ordered budget

Some leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Akoko North West Area of Ondo State have dissociated themselves from the recent comment by the lawmaker representing them in the state house of assembly, Hon. Gbenga Araoyinbo, on the re-ordered budget recently presented by Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

They stated that Araoyinbo is not working in the interest of the people he represents.

The concerned leaders made this known at Irun-Akoko area of the state.

The chairman of the party in the constituency, Alhaji Abdul Bello, berated Araoyinbo for not seeking the advise of his constituents and leaders of the party in the area before taking decisions that could hamper the progress of the region.

It would be recalled that Araoyinbo had in a statement stated that the 2018 re-ordered budget presented to the house by the state government was unconstitutional and an attempt to cover up ‘shady deals’ by the governor.

Bello, who is also a party leader in the constituency, said it was imperative for the lawmaker to retrace his steps for his own integrity and for his constituents to also benefit from the dividends of democracy as promised by Gov. Akeredolu.

“What has he done for us in the constituency? He has done nothing for us. We have not felt any impact of his presence in the legislative representation.

“Had his trip to Abuja been successful ,hoping to be confirmed by the party as the house of representative candidate of the region, would he be abusing the governor? No.

“He should know that he was not the only person affected by the primary issues. This is not the first time such things will be happening, it had happened during the period Awolowo was leading us and we knew how we went about it then.

“But for him to now be involving himself in such activities that is not palatable to us, we won’t condone it, it is totally rejected by the constituency,that is our position.

“All he is doing will not affect the governor, it is his constituents that would bear the brunt of his actions,so we are rejecting his actions,” he said.

In the same vein, another leader of the party in the constituency, Mr Esan Owolabi condemned Araoyinbo, emphasizing that in as much as there should be the independence of the three arms of government, stakeholders should however work towards what would impart positively on the lives of their people.

Owolabi commended the various steps being taken by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his efforts at transforming the state.

“He is on his own, I am emphatic about it, we are with the governor. The senate committee on works just commended Akeredolu because of what he has been doing in our region, all we ask Araoyinbo to do is to support the governor.

“We are not saying there should be no independence of legislators, but they should work with executive for the progress of the state.”

Also speaking, Alhaji Saliu Aro called on Mr Gbenga Araoyinbo to focus on his primary assignment rather than creating confusion among followers.

Aro stressed that statement earlier made by the embattled lawmaker was carried out without due consultation with the people he represents.

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