NULGE rally pitches PDP, APC against each other
The national conference of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in Ondo State has further caused disaffection between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its major opposition, the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the November 26 governorship election in the state.
This was consequent upon a grand “Thank You” rally organised by the state chapter of NULGE in Akure in honour of Governor Olusegun Mimiko, appreciating him for what the workers described as his support for the welfare of their members in the state. Led by the National President, Comrade Ibrahim Khalid, alongside other national and state officers of the union, who began the procession from the state secretariat of NULGE along Ilesha Motor Park enroute Oba Adesida Road to the Alagbaka Governor’s office in Akure.
But the Chairman, Research and Communications of Aketi Campaign Organisation, Mr. Kunle Adebayo, condemned the rally saying it is a desperate effort by the PDP to shore up support for its anointed governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede’s campaign.
Adebayo accused Mimiko of hijacking the 2-day national conference of the union, which was held in the state from Wednesday to Thursday, for his political gains.
He pointed out that “what ought to be a solemn union congregation became a jamboree and praise singing session orchestrated by the Ondo State government for selfish gains.”
While addressing the gathering, Khalid passed a vote of confidence on the administration of Governor Mimiko, which he described as being sensitive to the plights of workers and thanked the governor for re-absorbing over 900 local government workers that were affected by the 2013 screening exercise in the state and for the unprecedented elevation of three local government officers to the position of permanent secretaries in the state.
The APC chieftain recalled that the governor employed same strategy in 2012, when Mimiko, “Jegede’s godfather did not only coerce the same local government workers as part of his campaign train but also surreptitiously employed over 13,000 citizens into the LGs as workers.
“No sooner was the campaign over, the same workers were retrenched and disgraced out of service. They were called ghost workers.”
But a Special Assistant to Governor Mimiko, Mr Sunday Menukuro, in a statement, said Akeredolu has only raised the issue, which describes as “specious allegations” to get cheap popularity among the people of the state.