By: Oluwatosin Adesola
A legal Practitioner and Chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Tolu Babaleye has described as illegal and unconstitutional the sacking of the governor’s Special Assistant on Political Matters, Austin Pelemo by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
In two separate Press statements on the issue, Babaleye insisted that Akeredolu lacks power to remove his aide while on vacation abroad and transfered power to his deputy, Agboola Ajayi.
Below are the full text of the Press Statements:
WHO SACKED AUSTINE PELEMO AS SPECIAL ASSISTANT POLITICAL TO THE GOV OF ONDO?
The Statement sacking Austine Pelemo this morning carried the name of the Governor of Ondo State as the one that relieved him of his office as the Special Assistant on Political Matters. I wish to state that Aketi cannot sack anyone or use the power of a Governor at the moment since he has donated that power to his Deputy who is now the Acting Governor of Ondo State when he was going on working leave and outside the shores of Nigeria.
Until Aketi returns and resumes and write another letter to Ondo State House of Assembly to take back his power as the Governor, he can not perform the functions of that office.
The above is the spirit and intent of Section 190 of 1999 Constitution as amended.
A press Statement from the office of the Commissioner of Information about the sack of Austine Pelemo and the purported sack is a ruse and illegality as it does not emanate from the office of constituted authority which is the Acting Governor of Ondo State, Barr. Alfred Agboola Ajayi.
God bless Ondo State!
ONDO: MY STATE MY STATE! UNNECESSARY CRISIS!
I heard that Engr Austine Pelemo the SA on Political Matter to Gov. Akeredolu but attached to the office of the Deputy Governor received the jack boot this morning over his Facebook posting for calling the wife of the Deputy Governor the Acting First Lady of Ondo State.
Below is the said Facebook Post that send Pelemo packing.
‘Happy Birthday to the Acting First Lady of Ondo State ” Chief Mrs. Ajewole Agbola Ajayi” long may you live ma.”
I have continued to wonder if Pelemo was wrong in semantics, term and principle looking at our convention as the Office of First Lady is not backed by any Law but was created for convenience and to keep the wife of the Governor busy.
I am also surprised that this is an offence for which a Political Adviser can be sacked!
I have also been searching for whoever sacked the Aides on behalf of Aketi as I am aware that Aketi the Governor is not in the country and have handed over the State to his loyal Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi through an instrument communicated to the Ondo State House of Assembly.
The question bothering my mind is who sacked Engr. Austine Pelemo? Is it the Acting Governor or the Governor who is abroad or the Chief of Staff to the Governor who has handed over to his Deputy?
Another question is who is the First Lady of Ondo State at the moment in the absence of the Governor whose deputy is now the Acting Governor?
I asked the last question because in my opinion, the Office of the First Lady is attached to the office of the Governor.
Another issue bothering me is that where is the wife of the Deputy Governor (Now Acting Governor) who ordinarily is supposed to be Second Lady to be assisting the first ? Even at the Villa, I do see the wife of Osinbajo assisting Aisha Buhari to plate her hair and do her headwear. I knew the wives of former Deputy Governor Oluwateru, former Deputy Governor Ali Olanusi and the wife of Oluboyo but I have never come across that of Agboola Ajayi assisting the Ondo State First Lady. Why?
I have also observed that Donald Ojogo the Commissioner of Information has never referred to Agboola Ajayi as Acting Governor of Ondo State in any of his releases. I consider this as an act of insubordination and disregard with flagrant disdain for the office the Acting Governor who is now the constituted authority. I call on the Acting Governor to issue query to Donald Ojogo for insubordination and abuse of office.
I call on the Acting Governor of Ondo State to “Act” now and save the State from allow a Cabal to be built in the absence of Arakunrin Akeredolu by reversing the sack of Austine Pelemo as the sack is improper and illegal. Using the name of Akeredolu that is far away in Germany to sack an innocent Aide for saying the truth and giving correct description is an injustice that should not be allowed to stand. Ondo State belongs to us all and shall soon become our place of pride.
Long live Ondo State!
TOLU BABALEYE Esq writes from Wuse zone 5-Abuja.