The Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State has again berated the state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu over an honorary doctorate degree conferred on him by the Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, last Saturday.
Akerodolu was conferred with a Doctor of Law (Honoris Causa) Degree, amid fanfare by members of the rulling All Progressives Congress, APC.
The Publicity Secretary of the PD in Ondo state, Kennedy Peretei, in a statement titled, ‘Akeredolu’s misrule in Ondo State (7): it is shameless to receive award from a university when yours are under lock and key’, issued in in Akure, on Sunday, condemned the governor to receiving an award when universities in Ondo State were in crisis.
The statement read in part, “…It beats common sense and logical reasoning for a governor whose song is paucity of funds to mobilise almost everybody in the political circle of Ondo State to Oyo for an award. The list is simply endless.
“If the Governor attached so much importance to this award, is it then not an irony that all the state owned- universities which he is Visitor to are under lock and key? Could he receive this award if Crowther University has been closed down like the universities he presides over?
“A cursory look at the footage of the ceremony engenders nothing but pity for a man that can shut down the government of Ondo State for the purpose of a personal award that brings no single benefit to the people of the state.
“Otherwise, he should have quietly gone to Oyo to receive his award without putting a strain on the resources of the state. I need not add that in the fullness of time, some of these frivolous spending will be refunded to the Ondo State treasury.”
In response, the state APC Spokesperson, Mr. Alex Kelaniya said, “The award, no doubt, is in recognition of Arakunrin Akeredolu’s selfless contributions to the development of jurisprudence in Nigeria, enhancement of human rights, and his avowed commitment to good governance.”
Speaking in the same vein, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation Mr. Donald Ojogo, said, “To expect the opposition PDP to keep quiet without last kicks and not embrace any straw in its drowning moment is illusionary.
“Even at that, the APC had before now, issued a statement in that regard. So, to add to that means an unnecessary glorification of the PDP.”