Ondo deputy governor to formally join PDP on Monday as group berates Aketi’s ‘poor’ leadership
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Baring any last minute change in his plans, the deputy governor of Ondo state, Hon (Barr) Alfred Agboola Ajayi, will be leaving the APC next week Monday.
This is to enable the deputy governor who has been having a serious political battle with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for over two years to actualize his plans to be governor of Ondo state in 2021.
According to sources close to Agboola, the deputy governor will be officially decamping to PDP in Akure so as to seek for the party’s ticket to wrestle power with his estranged boss, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, or whoever the APC fields as its candidate in the October 10, 2020 governorship poll.
This is coming just as the Ondo State Action for Good Governance (OSAGG) has called for the replacement of Governor Akeredolu over what it described as ‘poor leadership’.
Sources who disclosed that Agboola’s plans to decamp to PDP next week Monday are in top gears added that about twelve members of the State House of Assembly who are loyal to him will also be decamping with him.
Saying that some top APC members who believe in the aspiration of Agboola Ajayi had defected to the PDP at their various Wards, one of the sources also confided in our reporter that about 5 cabinet members and 11 aides of Arakunrin Akeredolu are also set to quit the APC the moment the deputy governor decamps On Monday.
The said cabinet members and Aketi’s aides, according to the source are all leaving the APC as a result of the ill treatment they have been receiving from the governor whom they say has turned governance to the affairs of his family and in-laws.
All efforts to speak with Mr. Babatope Okeowo and Allen Sowore, the Deputy governor’s Chief Press Secretary and his Special Assistant on Media, respectively for an official confirmation about the Monday defection proved abortive as their telephone lines were not reachable at the time of filing this report.
In a related development, the Ondo State Action for Good Governance (OSAGG) in a press statement signed by its National coordinator, Barrister Jide Adelusi, and obtained by Nigerian Concord this evening asked the people of the state to choose who they will vote for in the October 10 poll carefully.
According to the pressure group, Governor Akeredolu has done nothing to improve the lives of the people of Ondo state despite that much had been given to him to develop the state.
The group warned that returning Akeredolu as governor in 2021 will spell doom for Ondo state as he cannot show anything meaningful as his achievements in his first term in office.
OSAGG also said that a replacement is needed at this time as the only way to salvage the present ugly situation of the state.