The PDP accused the Labour Party administration of victimizing the workers.
The Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State has criticized the ruling Labour Party government over the “victimization” of workers at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko.
Over 60 workers were recently sacked by the authority of the institution under the management of Femi Mimiko, the younger brother of the incumbent Governor, Olusegun Mimiko.
A statement issued by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Wale Ozogoro, said “Most of these workers who were alleged of partisan politics were those who threw caution to the wind and openly supported Dr. Mimiko against Dr. Agagu in the 2007 election and never experienced what they are going through now.”
It however noted that during the electioneering campaign ,these workers under the auspices of Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, and other affiliated unions, openly declared support for Mr. Mimiko and the LP.
“They organized rally at the Democracy Park and wore vests and other materials with the insignia of LP led by NLC National Chairman .
“As a party we complained and wrote petition to appropriate quarters that Ondo workers were already partisan therefore, they must be avoided like plague; as their partisanship call to question as INEC had the intention of recruiting them as adhoc officials.
“At that time, the declaration was seen as the best thing that ever happened to Ondo politics. The incumbent governor paraded himself as a dependable friend of workers, what a hypocritical mesmerization of the general public?” the PDP said.
The party said what was most worrisome about the “callous” sack is the fact that families were either directly or indirectly affected, while dependants were equally sharing out of this inhuman exercise.
“Prof Mimiko acting under the instruction of his brother the incumbent Governor became vindictive even when he and his friends openly campaign for his brother in 2007 when Agagu was in the saddle and their finger never get burnt.
“About six(ty) families were adversely affected as husbands and wives were issued sack letters on trumped up charges. They were not queried, invited to face disciplinary committee to determine whether they were culpable or otherwise.
”They were summarily dismissed without recourse to laid down rules and regulations guiding public service. This bring to mind the draconian rule of the military era, where decrees and fiats were the orders of the day,” the PDP said.
The statement condemned the dismissals, stressing that the present government must be aware that several eminent individuals had governed the state without making life unbearable for her citizens.