The Labour party says ACN is seeking cheap attention.
The Labour Party, LP, Wednesday, warned the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Ondo State to stop seeking cheap and unnecessary attention weeks after suffering a humbling defeat in the October 20, governorship election in the state.
The warning came after statements credited to Idowu Ajanaku on behalf of the ACN in which he criticised the commissioning of the Mother and Child Hospital in Ondo Town.
Mr. Ajanaku, the Ondo ACN spokesperson, had criticised the Ondo State governor for saying women in the state should start producing 30,000 children yearly.
Mr. Ajanaku described the call by Olusegun Mimiko as “myopic and an aversion to sustainable development in the face of gross youth unemployment and decayed infrastructure”.
The Labour Party in a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Femi Okunjemiruwa, said the statement “is a symptom of an idle publicity seeking party and a jobless party official.”
“It is ridiculous that weeks after coming a distant third in an election they so much boasted to win, the ACN in Ondo state, its former governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu and its jobless megaphone of falsehood is yet to come to terms with their defeat and face other serious challenges tearing apart whatever is left of their credibility in the public domain,” the ruling party said.
“We find it strange and diversionary the attempt by the party in the state to divert public attention from the ripples and open show of shame by members and leaders of the party who are after one another over the theft and misappropriation of huge funds deployed to manipulate the last governorship polls in Ondo state,” it added.
The Labour Party also made reference to the public humiliation of a top ACN official in Ondo State, Tayo Alsoadura, by members of his party, for misappropriating election funds.
“Today, the party members are either fighting their leaders in public places for pocketing election funds or leaders chasing party officials around with security agents to recover part of the diverted funds.
“These are serious reputation damaging issues that should be of concern to sensible party officials rather than a vain attempt by a jobless campaign spokesman to remain relevant through undue media attention by casting aspersion on a course as noble as providing good and modern health care delivery system to the people of Ondo state by Governor Mimiko.
“Let it be known that if Governor Mimiko could not be distracted during the electioneering campaigns, it is not possible to think that mere statements from rabble-rousers will stop him from commissioning people oriented projects he has initiated and completed in the state”, the LP stated.