The rift between Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi has taken a new turn, as the Ondo State House of Assembly served an impeachment notice to the deputy governor
Members of the State House of Assembly accused the Deputy Governor of gross misconduct following his insistence on retaining his office after he decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
No fewer than 14 lawmakers supported the impeachment process at Tuesday’s plenary amid the heavy security presence at the Assembly chambers
Journalists were not allowed to cover the day’s proceedings as security personnel acting on ‘orders from above’ turned them back.
This move comes after the State House of Assembly denied allegations that its members were induced to remove the deputy governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi.
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Gbenga Omole, described the deputy governor’s allegation as a falsehood.
“This allegation smacks of naivety on the part of the deputy governor and intended to cast aspersions on the noble image of members and drag the integrity of the House in the mud.”
“It is on this premise that we, honourable members of the Ondo State House of Assembly state unequivocally that this is nothing but a blatant lie and politics taken too far, least expected of the caliber of the deputy governor of the Sunshine State. But we are not surprised because he is a drowning man and he will hold on to anything to survive.”
Trouble started for the deputy governor when he announced his intention to run for the gubernatorial elections despite interest by his principal, Mr Akeredolu to contest for a second term in office.
Denied the APC’s ticket, the deputy governor defected to the PDP, thereby deepening the crisis in the State Executive Council.
It is worthwhile to note that the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Ifedayo Abegunde has also resigned his position.