A socio-political group, Ogun Integrity Vanguard(OIV), has raised the alarm over the appointment sharing deal struck between Peoples Democratic Party’s governorship candidate in Ogun State, Hon Oladipupo Adebutu, and his running mate, Hon. Abdul Kabir Akinlade, ahead of the 2023 governorship election in the state, saying the deal was a ploy to plunder the state’s resources.
The Secretary of the group, Comrade Abdulkadir Adelaja, in a statement made available to newsmen, cautioned the people of Ogun State, particularly, the electorate, to beware of politicians who seek elective offices with mindset to loot their patrimony.
Adebutu and Akinlade, a loyalist of former Governor Ibikunle Amosun, had struck a deal on sharing formula for appointive positions on Friday, a move which had generated condemnations and controversies.
In a seven-page document entitled: “Alliance Agreement Between Hon. Oladipupo Olatunde Adebutu and Hon. Adekunle AbdulKabir Akinlade In Respect of the 2023 Election Into the Offices of Governor, Deputy Governor, Related Elective Positions and Appointment in Ogun State,” it was stated that the deputy governorship slot of the party, Ogun West senatorial ticket and two State House of Assembly tickets in Ogun Central, would be conceded to the Amosun’s group.
The group, however, queried the appointment sharing deal between the PDP groups even when they claimed to be on a rescue mission in the state.
It reasoned that the alliance between the Adebutu and Akinlade should engender unfolding of a blueprint that would be more loaded than the Building Our Future Agenda of the incumbent Dapo Abiodun-led administration.
According to the statement: “We find it completely confounding that the PDP candidate in Ogun State, his running mate and the party leadership are busy devising strategies on how to part Ogun positions and resources among their cronies regardless of merit and competence, and at a time the Dapo Abiodun-led administration in the state has been busy unveiling and commissioning projects after projects to the delight of the good people of Ogun State. Their corrupt mindset is, therefore, in ample evidence.
“Adebutu and his running mate are thinking of how to share substantive commissioner, Special Adviser slots, Senior Special Assistant slots, Special Assistant slots, Statutory Board Chairman slots and local government executive chairman slots, but they have said nothing about how they propose to make the lives of the Ogun State people better. They clearly have nothing of value to offer.
“It is clear that to them, the people do not matter. This shows clearly that they will be a threat to the people’s survival and well-being if they ever manage to make it to Oke Mosan.
“We call on the Ogun people to reject these political marauders and queue behind their performing governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, whose mission in the last three and a half years has been to make Ogun State a top investment destination and who, among other landmark projects, is set to commission a brand new airport in the state in December.“