Ondo PDP Carpets APC For Condemning Mimiko’s UK Trip

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Olusegun-MimikoThe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ondo State chapter has carpeted the All Progressives Congress (APC) over its comments on Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s working visit to the United Kingdom (UK).
The opposition APC on Sunday berated the governor for traveling in spite of the ongoing strike action by workers in the state over unpaid salaries.
In its reaction, the Ondo PDP spokesperson, Ayo Fadaka, in a statement on Monday in Akure, said even though the workers’ strike is unfortunate, such action is not restricted to Ondo State.
Mr. Fadaka added that the spate of industrial action was a product of the poor understanding of economic management by the APC-led Federal Government.
He said: “The fact that the governor embarked on a working visit does not in any manner indicate that the apparatus of governance equally took a walk”.
According to him, while Mimiko was away, the Commissioner for Finance was in Abuja in respect of the N14 billion staggered loan the state is accessing to settle workers’ salaries.
He further stated that the deputy governor attended a National Economic Council (NEC) meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Furthermore, Mr. Fadaka noted that the House of Assembly sat to give approval to the Executive’s quest to get the loan.
“It is also germane that we emphatically declare for the umpteenth time that the governor’s trip to the United Kingdom was sponsored by the authorities of the Chatham House, who also took care of his stay and feeding while he was their guest.
“It was a working visit for the governor, who used the opportunity to enunciate the many achievements that have been recorded in our health sector, a factor that is responsible for his invitation in the first instance, and the need for the governor to share this experience on a world platform.
“It is germane to mention that the Ondo model in healthcare will be of help in many developing nations since it has been made public in a cathedral of policy formulations that the Chatham House represents”, the PDP said.
The party, therefore, called on the APC in the state to learn a lesson on how to play the role of opposition.
“It is our sincere opinion that it should constructively criticise developments in our state without being outlandish and pedestrian”, the statement said.

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