Deputy Governor of Ondo state Hon. Agboola Ajayi has advised the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu not to blame his fustrations, and the self inflicting pain of running the state aground on him. Agboola stated this through a press statement signed by Babatope Okeowo chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor and made available to sunrisebulletin.com
Read full text of the media statement below.
The attention of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State HE, Hon Agboola Ajayi has been drawn to the remark made by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN in Eseodo 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 the inflated contract, clannishness and malfeasance through the N4.3 billion kept in secret account of Zenith Bank and disbursed without legislative approval.
These and many injuries Governor Akeredolu caused himself cannot be blamed on his Deputy, HE Agboola Ajayi who he has sidelined for the past three and half years.
It must be put on record that Akeredolu contested in 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 Hon 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 few cronies and family members.
If there is any wrong choice, it is Governor Akeredolu who has refused to take all-wise counsel not only from his Deputy but by senior citizens of Ondo State.
Chief Press Secretary
Deputy governor Ondo State.