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By: Ade Adeleke
……as Agboola’s Aide writes Ondo Assembly.
Dust raised by the defection of the Ondo state Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi from the APC to the PDP while still serving in the administration of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is yet to settle, even as allegation of Ajayi’s impeachment plot has continued to generate controversies among the political gladiators.
In an open letter to the Speaker, state House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun and signed by the Media Aide to the Deputy Governor, Allen Sowore, Ajayi’s camp alleged today that there was a plot to hold a secret meeting with 19 out of 26 members of the Assembly to perfect the removal of the deputy governor.
In a counter Press Statement, the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo said Akeredolu remains calm and unperturbed amid all these lies by Ajayi’s camp.
Sowore told Oleyelogun, in the open letter dated 28th June, 2020, that “I’m delighted and under patriotic obligation to write you this all important letter. I must therefore, first, commend you for holding forth the sanctity of the Hallow Chamber at this trying time in our dear State. I’m sure history will remember you for this.
“Mr Speaker, I’m writing this letter to humbly bring to your notice that arrangements have been concluded and strategies perfected by the state executive arm to orchestrate your removal as Speaker of the State House of Assembly.
“This is to pave way for the eventual removal of the Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Agboola Ajayi for exercising his constitutional right of association – leaving the All Progressives Congress, (APC) for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP).
“To this end, invitation has been extended to the 19 of out of the 23 APC members of the State House of Assembly at the Government House Ground Alagbaka, Akure, on 28th June,2020, where the IMPEACHMENT process against AGBOOLA AJAYI will be finalized and financial inducement of N10m for their signatures will be offered. (Invitation attached).
“Mr Speaker, I have no reason to doubt your integrity. But there are desperate politicians in Alagbaka who will stop at nothing to armtwist the Honourable Members to carry out this illegal act.
“I’m therefore compelled to urge you in the overall interest of the good people of Ondo State, to stay away from this clandestine plan to remove the Deputy Governor at all cost.
“I must equally inform you that, in their unbridled desire to remain in power, they have also planned to snatch the House of Assembly Mace – the symbol of authority from you. Be vigilant !
“The most desirable business of the House of Assembly now should be the continue probe of the recovered but now missing N4. 3 billion. Mr Speaker, accept the assurance of my highest regards,” Sowore said in the open letter.
Reacting in the press statement, Akeredolu through the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo said the alleged Impeachment Move Against Agboola Ajayi was a shadow.
Ojogo said, “We are not surprised that they are coming out in this manner. This issues raised are not just pedestrian; they are tissues of lies and a misadventurous propaganda.
“The totality of untruths previously marketed to oil the mis-steps are obviously hunting the man who had hyped himself out of relevance.
“It is, perhaps, illogical that the Governor with ‘minority’ in the Assembly will be inviting the Deputy Governor’s ‘majority’ for what they feel appropriate for their imaginary thoughts.
“Mr Governor has decided to remain calm and unperturbed amid all these lies. There are periods you fight your battles; at other times, you require silence and allow the lies of your adversaries to fight your battles on your behalf,” Ojogo opined.