The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ondo State chapter has accused Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of playing politics with the lives of the people of the state.
According to the party, the lackadaisical attitude of the governor in securing the state led to the withdrawal of the soldiers from checkpoints across the highways in the state.
Also, PDP on Wednesday had alleged that the failure of Akeredolu to pay the soldiers their allowances was the reason for the withdrawal from the checkpoints, with Akeredolu through his Information Commissioner accusing the party of politicising the issue.
PDP in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Peretei on Thursday, emphasised that with the festive season approaching, Akeredolu should be more concerned in beefing up security across the state.
While lashing out at the governor over his excuse that the withdrawal of soldiers at checkpoints was due to cold war with the Amotekun Corps, Peretei stated that the excuse was laughable and unreasonable.
Peretei added that the soldiers of 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure, the State capital who had also been providing security in Ekiti State did not withdraw from checkpoints in the state where Amotekun also operates.
“In the first place, what has been the spectacular achievements of the Ondo Amotekun? Is there no Amotekun in Ekiti State, a juridiction covered by 32 Artillery Brigade, stationed in Akure? Are soldiers not at the checkpoints in Ekiti State? Why does he think that it is the Ondo Amotekun that must be sabotaged of all the States in the South West?
“Governor Rotimi Akeredolu should own up to his failure to live up to his responsibility in this regard. Of all the six states in the South West, it is only in Ondo State that Amotekun is led by a man who has no military background. This is not far fetched, Akeredolu is simply patronizing his kinsman from Owo.”