The Ondo State government has reacted to the controversial branded Whiskey, carrying the state emblem, circulating on social media.
In a statement issued and signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the governor, Mr Ojo Oyewamide, the product is a plot of some elements within the state to set confusions in the camp of the governor as the gubernatorial election in the state draws near.
Oyewamide disclosed that Akeredolu would not embark on such wasteful venture and would not commission any of his friends or political associates to involve such, urging members of the public to disregard and ignore such information.
The statement read:
“It is with a great concern that yet another plot hatched to blackmail Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, has been uncovered.
“The carefully packaged plot involves the production of an imaginary Blue Label(Johnny Walker) brand of whiskey, with the inscription of the Ondo State official logo on it. Also carefully imprinted is Aketi, with the ‘t’ appearing as Mr Governor’s signature.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Mr Governor does not require to produce customised drinks of that nature for his re-election. Neither has he commissioned any associate, friend or even aides to embark on such wasteful venture.
“This is more so, that Governor Akeredolu’s modest and non-ostentatious lifestyle has never been in doubt.”
Oyewamide explained further that “the supposedly customised Aketi whiskey which is now trending on a platform known as the IDANRE HILLS REPORTERS should, therefore, be ignored.
“It appears inconceivable to pre-empt the outcome of any investigation in respect of this distasteful act.
“All the same, it is pertinent to let the general public know that those behind this grand plot are desperate power-mongers who will stop at nothing to create despicable and imaginary scenarios to play their game.
“Clearly, the motive is to create the impression that so much of state money has been spent to produce the whiskey. Aside this already deflated plot, many more are expected from these political scavengers on an impossible mission.
“Mr Governor, having been briefed of this devious act, has taken steps to unravel those behind it through lawful means.”