By Emmanuel Adigwe
Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredoul has come under discussion on social media over the comment he made on Sunday that he wants to be remembered like Awolowo.
The governor disclosed his desire during the gubernatorial election debate on Sunday saying that he will run the state like the late sage.
He said: “Contrary to the belief of many Nigerians that second term Governors do not do well, I want to say, today, by the grace of God, that my second term shall be a positive reference point in Nigeria.
“You know, I will govern the people without much distractions. I want to return Ondo State to the reign of Baba Ajasin when factories were competing with each other.
“I want to run Ondo the way our sage, Awolowo governed the Yorubaland. I want history to be kind to me. You see how our baba, Awolowo is being remembered today, almost 35 years after he died, me too, I want to be remembered like him.”
The comparison with the Awolowo sparked social media reactions as some Nigerians took to the micro-blogging platform to berate the governor saying that he can’t be like the late sage due to what they described as his anti-people policies. That accusation is principally fanned by the fact that he increased tuition fees in schools while Awolowo made free education possible for all.
GWG presents some of their views below:
oluwabamigbe dunny@duy0123 wrote: “The last guy used his cap for the whole 8 yrs he spent and he claimed that Awolowo is his mentor,same thing again with someone at the Villa with the cap too,pls remind me sir did Awolowo have white beard hair?Dem no go allow this man rest in peace oo.”
AyoOlamide @Ayoolamide84 wrote: “Awolowo didn’t start like you… Awolowo didn’t make education so expensive beyond the reach of common masses… Awolowo did not engage in sole/family government. Awolowo left behind great structures and legacies. Infact you’re not on the footstep of Awolowo… “
oluwanishola@shola_blak wrote: “Awolowo no increase school fees egbon white breads.”
#OurFavOnlineNurse™❁|| Brave, Bold & Beautiful@TimilehinEburu wrote: “The achievements of Ajimobi, legacy of Anini, dealings of Aregbesola but want rememberance of Awolowo.”
feellove ˢᵀ@floxybabyy wrote: “Awolowo really carry plenty Nigerians brain enter grave aswear #TachaSaysEndSars”
#NO I.D MY MENTOR@OlukunleRodrick wrote: “Of course. We remember Awolowo today for sharing ludo to people during re-election campaign. Awo baba.”
Emperor d’writer@daniel_owolabi wrote: “Awolowo didn’t share ludo and bathroom slippers…”
chiukwujioke@chiukwujioke wrote: “Awolowo will be crying n laughing anywhere he is now Shame on you all Yoruba leaders. No one can be compared to the great AWOLOWO.”
Emperor_Yemi@Oyeyemibosunde wrote: “You’re no match at all. Awolowo free education is what helps most of the so call leaders today. But when you Akeredolu became the governor, the first thing you did what to increase tution fee.”
Flenjor@Flenjor4 wrote: “U are already a legendthief no need to be remembered like Awolowo cuz Awolowo u just mentioned doesn’t run government affairs like you are doing…”
AkureCityHunter@AkureCityHunter wrote: “Awolowo gave you free education, but you are denying us exactly that. Coman be going back to Ibadan jhere #OndoDeservesBetter.”
AyoOlamide @Ayoolamide84 wrote: “Awolowo didn’t start like you… Awolowo didn’t make education so expensive beyond the reach of common masses… Awolowo did not engage in sole/family government. Awolowo left behind great structures and legacies. Infact you’re not on the footstep of Awolowo…”