Ondo State Government has vowed to resist any antics of River State Governor, Nyesom Wike, in meddling into the conduct of the October 10 governorship election.
Akeredolu, who is candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the election, accused Wike of seeking to play the role of a godfather in Ondo.
He was responding to Wike’s allegation that the APC would do everything to win the Ondo election, having lost Edo state to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Ondo government said Governor Wike’s imperialistic approach was most unfortunate and very unbecoming.
Ondo Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, in a press statement, said Wike’ imperious attitude and recourse to spurious allegations just because of an election was amusing.
Ojogo said the people of Ondo State would resist any attempt by Wike to play the role of a godfather in Ondo state.
He said “Ondo is not Rivers.”
According to him, “In all aspects, Governor Wike deserves respect not just as governor but as a critical stakeholder in the Democratic journey. He has his inalienable rights as a citizen to express his mind and make comments about whatever he feels strongly about.
“However, what amuses us is his imperious attitude and recourse to spurious allegations just because of an election. He should know that the people of the State, who have a history of rejecting external influence and domination, will resist his attempt to play the role of a godfather in Ondo state. Ondo is not Rivers.
“The man ought to know that utterances of public office holders must be measured and their delivery ought to be in line with the mood of the people.
“The people of the state will resist Wike here even if he had roared elsewhere successfully. For emphasis, his imperialistic approach is most unfortunate and very unbecoming.”