Akeredolu’s Government Slams Ondo PDP, Says Anti-corruption Law To Serve the People And The State

Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu - Ondo State Governor

The Governor Rotimi Akeredolu led administration has slams the opposition party in the state over its stand on the newly signed anti-corruption law. In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, the state urged the People’s Democratic Party to seek help and stop feigning ignorance, Ojogo went further to name some of the states, where the law was first enated and how it will better serve the people and the state.

The statement reads;

The recent pedestrian opposition tactic of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State requires proper enlightenment. The party’s latest attack on the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration has exposed its ignorance.

Specifically, the PDP’s claim that the Anti-corruption Law as passed by the State Assembly is to allegedly protect the Governor and his family from wrong doings is not only preposterous, but laughable. It exposes the level of seriousness of a supposed opposition bereft of ideas, unwilling to obtain facts and self-cabined against information.

The Bill to establish the Ondo State Public Complaints, Financial Crime and Anti-corruption Commission and Other Matters Connected Thereto 2021, as passed by the State Assembly, was deliberated upon at the level of the State Executive Council severally and subjected to wider consultations before it was transmitted to the State Assembly for necessary action. 

The Anti-Corruption Law will serve the purpose of the State, rather than the warped imagination of the grossly  deficient opposition. Those who started the formulation of the Law had in mind to decentralize the anti-corruption fight to the federating units of the Nigerian Federation.

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It suffices therefore, that, the rush to disseminate falsehood appears more important to the opposition PDP than the need for a TRULY FEDERAL NIGERIA.

For the records, the Law has been in existence in Kano State since 2008. Lagos State followed suit by passing the Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Bill into Law. Aside Lagos in the Southwest, the Law is in operation in Ogun and Oyo States. Interestingly, Oyo is a PDP governed State. Undoubtedly, Ondo PDP needs help. 

More importantly, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous judgement delivered on December 20, 2021 in the case of Dr Joseph Nwobike, SAN vs Federal Republic of Nigeria has ruled that Section 46 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act should be construed within the narrow confines of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the percusor to the establishment of the EFCC – to prevent illicit finacial outflow from Nigeria.

The matter centers on one of the issues of our true federalism. It interrogates the rationale behind a federal agency exercising oversight powers on States under the guise of financial crimes, when each state has its Penal and Criminal Codes dealing with such offences.

The PDP in Ondo State, as usual, failed to do its findings, but hurriedly amplified falsehood and spurious gists to members of the public. While we agree that it is their stock in trade, it is important that this clarification be made in the overall interest of members of the public. 

We will continue to do what is best for the people and the state not withstanding the needless and fabricated allegations that are being fed members of the public by the drowning PDP.

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