M.K.O Abiola Democracy Park Belongs To All Of Us – Agboola Ajayi
Deji Adebayo, Akure
The Deputy Governor of Ondo State and the candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Hon. Agboola Ajayi has call on all Elder Statesmen, Religious Leaders and Stakeholders in the state to appeal to the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredou, SAN, to allow him and his party use the MKO Abiola Democracy Park for its governorship campaign flag-off on Thursday.
The appeal was contained in a press statement released by his Media Adviser, Allen Sowore Monday night, saying the party has meet up with all financial obligations attached to the venue but the state has suddenly increased its fare in a bid to deny the ZLP access to the venue.
While appealing to elder statesmen and religious leaders to caution and plead with Mr Governor, the Deputy Governor reminded the Governor that the said property belongs to all citizens of Ondo state and no one should be denied access to it use.
The press statement as released unedited:
The Office of the Ondo State Deputy Governor and candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Agboola Ajayi is again constrained to draw the attention of the general public, particularly, the good people of Ondo State, to the growing intolerance and undemocratic temperament of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu SAN towards the people’s choice – the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) as the October 10 governorship election approaches.
Let be it known that the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) applied for the usage of the M K O Abiola Democracy Park, Akure to flag off its campaign rally. After the successful completion of all due process, the agency responsible, acting on the instruction of Ondo State governor deliberately hiked the price from the original five million naira, which the venue was given out to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for its own rally on Saturday, 12th September, 2020.
It is disheartening that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria can preside over a government that would deny the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) the use of any public facility especially the Democracy Park built under the visionary leadership of Dr Olusegun Mimiko, who is the national leader of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
We therefore call on the elder statesmen, religious leaders, lovers of democracy and all discerning minds to advise Mr Governor to tow the path of honour and desist from undemocratic and perfidious acts.
Ondo State belongs to all of us and nobody should use the mere privilege of leadership to ruin our prestige as the state of courageous and enlightened people.
Comrade Allen Sowore
Media Adviser to the Deputy Governor
14th September, 2020