A group in the southern senatorial district area of Ondo State, Bring Back Our Light, BBOL, has passed a vote of no confidence on the governor of the state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu over what it described as a deceptive attitude of the governor towards the plight of the people.
This was coming ahead of Tuesday’s town hall meeting scheduled by the governor to meet with the people of the southern senatorial district over the persistent blackout in the four local government areas (Irele, Ese-Odo, Okitipupa and Ilaje).
The coordinator of the group, Olumide Akinrinlola, who described the meeting as a mere deception, stated that the governor was in the know of the happenings within the area and as such the people should be cautious, particularly as election was around the corner.
According to Akinrinlola, the governor’s sudden move to meet the people from the affected communities was not unconnected to the 2019 polls.
“We are very close to another election and despite several visits to the government on the same issue by our royal fathers, with several appeals by our people, there is no hope from government.
“As much as we appreciate this new development, we are using this medium to put our people on alert and to also advise them to put on their thinking cap and not play the gullible in the course of this meeting, most especially now that another election has come,” he said.
He further informed the people that the the earlier plan to protest against the lingering issue still subsists.
“That our planned peaceful Mega protest which has been scheduled to hold at Omotosho Power Plant will hold as planned, to show our grievances and to expose all the atrocities of BEDC and the failure of the management of Omotosho Power Plant to obey the Local Content agreement,” he added.
However, in a statement by the state government on Sunday, the town hall meeting became imperative as a result of the government’s unrelenting efforts at finding lasting solution towards restoring electricity to the affected communities.
“Mr Governor is clearheaded about the fact that the wealth of the State is in the belly of the Southern District and therefore can’t allow the people to live in darkness.
“Akeredolu in his determination and commitment to restore electricity back to the areas will on Tuesday, 11th September, 2018 meet with the people of Ese-Odo, Ilaje, Irele and Okitipupa Local Government Areas at the Williams’ Place Igbokoda by 11:am and Idepe Town Hall, Okitipupa by 1:00 pm respectively,” it said.