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Thursday, October 8, 2020

'I Tarred The Road Leading To Your House' - APC, PDP Candidates Clash At Governorship Debate

'I Tarred The Road Leading To Your House' - APC, PDP Candidates Clash At Governorship Debate
Ondo State Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu
The governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, and his top challenger in the forthcoming governorship election, Eyitayo Jegede from the People's Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday clashed on the performance of the governor so far in running the affairs of the state.

The duo spoke at the debate organized by Channels Television on Wednesday 7th October.

A drama sets in when Gov. Akeredolu asked Jegede whether he had not seen any developmental projects accomplished in the state since his administration took over.

“You have toured the state, can you tell this gathering that you haven’t seen developmental projects? Be truthful,” the governor asked.

Jegede responded that he hasn't seen any good governance in any part of the state, especially in the state capital, Akure, and if given the chance he will do better.

“I have not seen good governance anywhere even in Akure, the state capital. I will do better than you sir in office,” Jegede responded.

Akeredolu fired back, saying that he fixed the road leading to Jegede's road which the PDP left untarred for 8 years;

“I tarred the road leading to your house. That road was left untarred by the administration you participated in for eight years.”

Not ready to accept defeat, Jegede told the governor that the road was tarred because his cabinet members live in the area;

“You tarred the road because your special adviser and a permanent secretary are living in the area. The Ondo people need fresh ideas of running a government and I am ready to open the government to the people.”

Governor Akeredolu added that higher institutions in Ondo state were the cheapest in the all of Southwest.

According to him, the responsibility of running three universities in Ondo State was enormous, saying the provision of a good education was better than half-baked education.

The duo, however, agreed that having multi-level security commands was the best way to curb criminal activities.

Akeredolu said a single command of police was not enough to secure the lives and properties of the people, given the reason he consented to the creation of Amotekun Security Outfit to help compliment the effort of the police and other security agencies. 

“That is why we created the Amotekun Security Outfit to complement the effort of the police and other security agencies. Amotekun can never fail because it is a well thought-out idea and an outcome of a security summit. 

"Since its creation, Amotekun has done well in checkmating the nefarious activities of kidnappers and some herdsmen,” he said.

Jegede agreed that the Amotekun outfit was a good initiative, but it should rise above politics to achieve the purpose of its creation.

He called for a proper policy to strengthen the security framework in the state, saying that there should be a police post in all flashpoints in the state while Army barracks should be built in strategic areas.

They both disagreed on how best to tap the opportunities inherent in Cocoa, Bitumen, and tax payment in the state.

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