What could turn an opposition party's spokesman against a serving commissioner in Ondo state? Abayomi Adesanya, the Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, APC in Ondo state, has threatened to take legal action against the state commissioner of Information, Kayode Akinmade, for defaming his character.
Adesanya, who addressed journalists in Akure on Tuesday, said he would take the legal action against Akinmade for describing him as someone who needed â€œpsychiatric attentionâ€.
Adesanya said Akinmade, had in some national dailies on Dec. 16, described him as someone who needed â€œpsychiatric attentionâ€™â€™ while reacting to a statement entitled â€œMimiko secretly recruiting 10,000 Workers, selling government properties to cronies â€” APC alleges.â€™â€™
He described Akinmadeâ€™s attack as unacceptable and unwarranted.
â€œIt is on record that each time an issue is raised by the opposition, especially the All Progressives Congress, on matters or issues with direct consequence on the good people of Ondo state, Akinmade will rather abuse me (Adesanya), calling me unprintable names, rather than addressing the issue(s) raised or give a rebuttal for the general public.
â€œYou will recall that I issued a statement on December 10, 2016 titled â€œParis Club gives Mimiko N6.8bn to pay pensioners, workers.
â€œIn a swift reaction, the Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, described the statement as baseless and unfounded and advised the APC stakeholders to contact the Federal Ministry of Finance for verification of their â€˜frivolousâ€™ allegation.
â€œHowever, three days later, December 13, 2016, same Kayode Akinmade issued a statement which suggested that Ondo State Government had collected the sum of N6.5bn from Paris Club to pay pensioners and workers.
â€œFurthermore, I issued a statement titled â€œMimiko secretly recruiting 10,000 workers, selling government properties to cronies â€” APC Allegesâ€™â€™ on December 16, 2016.
â€œIn his usual way, the Commissioner for Information on December 16, 2016, insulted my personality by calling me a â€œpsychiatrist patientâ€™â€™; this was reported in various dailies nationwide.
â€œI consider Akinmadeâ€™s statement as untoward, derogatory, disparaging and a direct attack on me and my office.
â€œThis has really caused untold embarrassment to me and my family,â€™â€™ he said.
The APC spokesman said that he was demanding a public apology from Akinmade within seven days.
â€œI hereby, demand a public apology within seven days from Kayode Akinmade, the commissioner for Information in Ondo state, for calling me (Adesanya) a â€œpsychiatric patientâ€ or face libelous action,â€™â€™ he said.