By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
Amid rumours making the rounds over proposed creation of Local Council Development Areas out of 18 local government areas of Ondo State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the state governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu against the move, in order not to cause confusion.
The party who spoke through its Director of Publicity, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, said it was aware of an alleged plan by the new governor to embark on the exercise in order to appoint members of the All Progressives Congress to control them.
The party also alleged that the APC-led state government had a plan to starve the existing local councils controlled by the PDP of funds, adding that the creation of LCDAs would only cause unnecessary tension in the state.
PDP said: ”If they think they want to create LCDAs because those that currently control the local government in the state today are members of the PDP, we must tell them that they are really preparing for a serious discord in our state.
“If it has been that a single party that controls the local and state governments, it would have been understand that what the state government is doing is in furtherance of effective administration. But what they are hoping to do is to design a way to undermine the current local government chairmen and destroy the local government system and create tension for no reason.
”The PDP as a party is totally against the creation of LCDAs, in the state. LCDAs are yet to be recognized by the constitution of this country. ”
In a swift reaction to the allegation, the Vice Chairman of the APC in the state, Engr. Ade Adetimehin said that PDP was only insinuating wrongly.
Adetimehin who said the government had no plan to create LCDAs at the moment, noted that the thinking of the new government was how to move the state forward.
His words: ”I don’t know where the PDP got their information from, creating LCDAs is not a small process and it is not in our plan for now. We just took over the government what we are doing now is how to move the state forward. The PDP are just raising unnecessary alarm,” he submitted.