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The attention of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, H.E Hon Agboola Ajayi has been drawn to the remark made by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state on Saturday that the choice of his deputy in 2016 governorship was an error.
We understand the frustration of Governor Akeredolu over his inability to remove his deputy illegally through the instrumentality of the House of Assembly having heavily induced them with state fund to do so.
We also understand the self-inflicted pain of running the state aground through inflated contracts, clannishness, nepotism and malfeasance, especially the recently uncovered issue of N4.3 billion, which was kept in a secret account at Zenith Bank and disbursed without legislative approval.
These and many injuries Governor Akeredolu caused himself cannot be blamed on his Deputy, HE Agboola Ajayi, whom he has sidelined shortly after the administration was sworn in.
It must be put on record that Akeredolu contested the 2012 governorship election and came a distant third in the election won by Dr. Olusegun Mimiko of Labour Party.
It was the experience, weight and political capital, which Hon. Agboola Ajayi brought into the 2016 gubernatorial election that produced the current All Progressives Congress (APC) led government in the state.
The Yoruba proverb that says when the head is rotten, the whole body is destroyed is apt in Ondo State as Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has destroyed the economy of the state and cornered her resources for his family members, cronies and clan.
If there was any wrong choice, it’s the choice of Arakunrin Akeredolu, who has refused to take all-wise counsel not only from his Deputy but from other cabinet members who have since left his rudderless administration as well as prominent senior citizens of Ondo State.
CPS to Deputy Governor of Ondo State.