Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ondo state has said Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is a hypocrite for banning civil servants in the state from partaking in political campaigns.
The governor had come out to say that he was completely against wearing Campaign T-shirts adorning his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
His words, “I don’t want any civil servant to wear endorsement T-shirt for me. Civil servants should not be involved in politics.”
However, the Ondo state Director of Media & Publicity of the PDP, Zadok Akintoye has reacted by saying this move only proves how insincere the APC-led government is.
He added that Akeredolu has endorsed this same thing severally before.
He said, ”It is on record that several pressure groups campaigning for the reelection bid of the governor are not only promoted by top civil servants under the watch of this government but are largely financed through funding from this government.
”The Governor has through several means endorsed what he now seeks to openly distance himself from through his deliberate policies of promoting nepotism in the public service, thus forcing civil servants to either tow his line of support or be denied their rights.
”How else can a government ensure that it is supported by civil servants through the force of persuasion, except through the deliberate denial of institutionalized promotion systems that mandates that appointments into senior management positions must be through hierarchy and seniority?
“A government that willfully ignores the right of civil servants to the headship of agencies but promotes nepotism in a bid to satisfy some cronies of this governor and his supporters within the service should not now be hypocritically trying to gain some false good reputation.
“We, therefore, ask the Governor to disband all his support groups with known civil servants actively involved in promoting his second term ambition, if indeed he is sincere in this call.
“Our party wishes to remind Ondo state citizens that this government has not only brought more systemic injustices into the service but remains insincere and untruthful in its directive.
”We, therefore, give this Government a 24-hour ultimatum to disband his campaign and support groups championed by top public servants, if indeed he is sincere about his call.”
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