The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State has urged the Governor of the state, Dapo Abiodun to take responsibility for the failure recorded in the distribution of palliative rice rolled out to cushion the effect of the subsidy removal from petroleum products in the country.
The PDP gave this charge yesterday, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Asiwaju Akinloye Bankole.
The party was reacting to a statement from the state government alleging that the opposition parties were behind the determined plans to rubbish efforts by the state and the federal governments to provide relief to the vulnerable people to cushion the effects of the recent subsidy removal.
Reacting to some recent viral video condemning the sharing of the palliatives yesterday, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Lekan Adeniran, in a statement said the government was aware that some agents of the opposition have resorted to media blackmail to discredit the current administration.
Describing the perpetrators of the media blackmail as fifth columnists, the statement noted that the federal government was unambiguous in saying that palliative is not meant for everybody but for the most vulnerable people in the society.
Adeniran expressed surprise at the claim by a man in a viral video that the bag of rice he displayed was meant for his entire LCDA.
The opposition party has, however, disclosed that it was shocking that Abiodun could resort to sheer blackmail to cover up for his failure and the rejection of the palliatives by the residents of the state.
The statement by the PDP said, “As the leading opposition in the Ogun state, the PDP has deliberately kept quiet in relation to the disbursement of the government’s palliative to the people, expecting that the Gov Dapo Abiodun led-APC government would have outgrown its trademark of serial failure and irresponsibility.