The Ogun State Government and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are engaged in a war of words over the distribution of rice palliatives in the state.
Recently, videos have been circulating on social media showing leaders of two communities rejecting the 10kg bags of rice given to them as palliatives. In one video, an elderly man who identified himself as the Chairman of Shokeye CDA expressed his dissatisfaction with the rice, calling it “insulting” and stating that his community is not made up of beggars.
In response, the state government released a statement blaming the opposition party for the videos. They accused the PDP of resorting to media blackmail to discredit the Abiodun administration. The government emphasized that the palliatives were meant for the most vulnerable in society, as stated by the Federal Government.
The government also highlighted Governor Abiodun’s commitment to ensuring that the palliatives reach the intended beneficiaries. They criticized the man in the video for using social media to spread mischief and score political points.
The PDP in Ogun State expressed surprise at the government’s attempt to blame the opposition for the videos. They denied any involvement in the circulation of the videos and questioned why the government would make such accusations.