The Peoples Democratic Party branch in Ondo State has urged the state government to inform the public of the whereabouts of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, the state governor.
The opposition party claimed Akeredolu’s managers were keeping him secretan and the governor was reviewing treatment for a condition, “instead of telling the state, where exactly he is, or getting him to address Ondo State, from wherever he is on planet earth.”
This was said in a statement released on Saturday by Mr. Kennedy Peretei, the PDP’s publicity secretary.
The statement read, “When Akeredolu did not return to his duty post after his celebrated annual leave in March this year, tongues started wagging. At the inauguration of President Bola Tinubu in Abuja, Akeredolu was conspicuously absent.
“The deafening silence from government information machinery suddenly saturated social media space with old videos of Akeredolu dancing and singing praises. If Akeredolu’s handlers had done the needful, the state would have been spared the unnecessary anxiety.
“As mortals, any human being can fall sick. Whether in public office or private life. Rotimi Akeredolu is employed by the people of Ondo State and maintained with taxpayers’ money. So, it is criminal and a great disservice to keep mum over his health status and his whereabouts.
“The PDP Ondo State chapter, demands that those hiding the governor should tell the people where he is to save the state from speculation. Our party joins millions of Ondo State people to pray for Akeredolu’s quick recovery, but nobody should play politics with his ill health. Nobody should ground the state beyond its present state. Let Akeredolu resign if he is no longer fit to be governor.”
However, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs. Bamidele Ademola-Olatunji, in a statement, declared that the governor was alive.
The statement read, “We have been inundated with calls and messages concerning the state of health of the Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. We had chosen to ignore this wicked fabrication until it appeared that certain persons seek to draw political mileage from the disinformation.
“Though the governor has been indisposed, he has been attending to state matters and delegating functions to functionaries of the government, when necessary. We enjoin the members of the public to ignore the rumour. ‘Aketi’ is very much alive.”
In the meantime, an 11-second viral video featuring the governor watching a football game and drinking water was made public.