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By: Adesoji Adetona
Tension rises in ondo state as the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his Deputy, Agboola Ajayi are giving contradictory directives over the sack and reappointment of official aides of Ajayi.
This is coming as the Deputy Governor alleged his estranged boss of plotting to impeach him through the state House of Assembly.
Less than 24 hours after the defection of the Ondo State Deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) the state government has sacked seven of the deputy governor of their post.
The sack of all aides was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye, who said the sack of the aides is with immediate effect.
Ajiboye said in the statement made available to SUNSHINETRUTH in Akure today that the “Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has relieved the following aides of their appointments.
The affected aides are: Special Assistant, Special Duties, Mr Olomu Bayo, Special Assistant, Photography, Mr. Olawale Abolade Mukaila, and the Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Babatope Okeowo.
Others include, Personal Assistant, (Deputy Governor), Mr. Samuel Sam Ogunmusi, Special Assistant to the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Tokunbo Omotunmise Phobia, and Mrs Erifeyiwa Shola Akinnugba, (Photography, wife of the Deputy Governor )
“The affected aides are advised to submit all government’s properties in their possession to the Chief of Staff to the Governor. Arakunrin Akeredolu wishes them luck in their future endeavours.
Earlier, the Special Assistant on New Media to the deputy governor, Mr. Allen Sowore, was also relieved of his position.
The statement read that “The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has relieved Mr Allen Sowore of his appointment with immediate effect.
“Until his sack, Mr Sowore was a Special Assistant to the governor on New Media.
“Mr Sowore is advised to submit all government’s properties in his possession to the Chief of Staff to the Governor. The Governor wishes him the best of luck in his future endeavour”
It was however gathered that Sowore’s sack may not be unconnected with face off between the State Commissioner of Police and the deputy governor.
Sowore was alleged to be the brain behind the viral video showing the confrontation between the state’s Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami, stopping the deputy governor from leaving the Government’s House.
The sacked aide was also alleged to have made comments in support of the deputy governor’s defection on a local FM station on Monday.
The Police Commissioner was said to have stopped the deputy governor aides from leaving the government quarters with some government property.
The state governor, Akeredolu claimed to know nothing about the CP’s action, he accused Ajayi and his aides of wanting to leave “the premises with items wrapped in unclear ownership” and described the CP’s action as “most desirable”.
Akeredolu was quoted to have said “It should, however, be placed on record that it is a time-tested code in government’s business for officials to take inventory of offices and quarters before and after an official moves in or out of offices or quarters.
“Accordingly, the CP’s intervention which was at the instance of an almost manipulated security apparatus at the Government House was most desirable to restore law and order.
“It becomes particularly worrisome and suspicious when aides of the deputy governor insisted on leaving the premises with items wrapped in unclear ownership as late as 11 pm.”
ONDO DEPUTY GOVERNOR REAPPOINTS SACKED AIDES
Ondo State deputy governor, His Excellency, Agboola Alfred Ajayi has approved the appointment of Mr Allen Sowore as Media Adviser.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Babatope Okeowo, Agboola directed all his sacked aides to resume duties in private capacity as his personal aides.
He further advised them to return all government properties in their possession to the appropriate quarters within 24 hours.
The statement added that the Deputy Governor would speak about all contending issues at the appropriate time.
AKEREDOLU SPONSORING MY IMPEACHMENT —Agboola
The Deputy Governor has alleged a plot by the governor to influence his impeachment at the state House of Assembly today.
Babatope Okeowo in a Statement, said
“the attention of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, His Excellency, Agboola Ajayi has been drawn to the illegal move by the embattled Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu to impeach him through illegal and unconstitutional means.
“The illegal impeachment move would be carried out through financial inducement of members of the Ondo State House of Assembly to the tune of ten million naira each.
“As the moment, Ondo State House of Assembly complex has been besieged by men of the Nigeria Police, while parliamentarians that are known not to believe in the charade are being prevented from entering the complex.
“We wish to state that the deputy governor is a tested politician of note, who is not unprepared for this type of kangaroo and infamous move from the desperate and drowning governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu and his group.
“By joining People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Agboola Ajayi has not committed any impeachable offence. He has only exercised his constitutional right of freedom of association. Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) provides as follows:
“Every person shall be entitled to assemble freely and associate with other persons, and in particular, he may form or belong to any political party, trade union or any association for the protection of his interests.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, we state unequivocally that the Governor and his allies do not have and cannot muster the requisite majority in the House of Assembly for the removal of the Deputy Governor under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 in any free, fair and transparent process.
“We remain undaunted in the move to throw off the combined weight of those kneeling on the neck of Ondo State. Our state shall not be allowed to suffocate. At the appropriate time, the people of Ondo State shall decide the right person, who will serve as the arrowhead of the bid to save the state from the nepotistic clique kneeling on her neck,” the statement indicates.