Ondo Dep. Gov., Ajayi Returns To PDP

Ondo Dep. Gov., Ajayi Returns To PDP

By Babs-Oluribigbe Adeoye

Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi has returned to his former political party, the Peoples Democratic Party.

The development puts an end to speculations about the planed defection of the deputy governor, to contest for the PDP governorship ticket.

Ajayi who has been at loggerhead with the governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu resigned his membership from the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday at his country home in Kiribo, Ward 2, Apoi, in Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the state.

His resignation came barely a few hours after he was allegedly prevented by the State Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami from moving out of the Government House in Akure the state capital.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State was accused of being behind the Mr Ajayi’s ordeal.

But in a statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Segun Ajiboye on Sunday, Akeredolu described the allegation as “concocted and devious lie meant to discredit him.”

The governor said the story stories are “absolute falsehood intended to play victim by the principal actors involved.”

“It should, however, be placed on records 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 is moving 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,” the statement partly read.

Meanwhile, a video which has gone viral showed deputy governor and the police boss, Salami in a war of word.

In the video, Ajayi was seen confronting Salami, asking why he should be prevented from exiting the seat of power.

The police commissioner said: “We are not saying you should not go out. What the government is saying is that you cannot go out with official vehicles. This is politics, I am not saying it is right. This is a government house, the governor is the one talking, give me a few minutes, let me talk to my boss.”

Mr Ajayi responded: “I have tried all constitutional and acceptable means to prevent this crisis. You are being used by the governor to deprive me of my constitutional right. I am highly disappointed that a policeman of your calibre can be used like this.

“I personally paid for this vehicle. You should not have put yourself in this mess. Let me tell you, you cannot repeat what happened in this state in 1983 because Ondo State people will resist you and your emperor with everything.”

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