How Ondo Deputy Governor was manhandled by Police Commissioner…NAGG berates Aketi over ‘shameful’ incident
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
The relationship between the governor of Ondo state, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, and his deputy, Hon. Alfred Agboola Ajayi, may have finally hit the rock as security operatives working under the directives of the governor yesterday manhandled the embattled deputy governor at the gate of the Government House at Alagbaka, Akure.
This newspaper gathered that the security operatives led by the Governor’s CSO and the new state commissioner of police, Mr. Bolaji Salami, prevented Agboola Ajayi from leaving the government house with one of the vehicles attached to his office after several degrees of harassment.
According to Salami during the heated argument with Ajayi, the police had received an order from the governor not to allow his deputy leave the government house as a result of his perfected plans to decamp from APC to PDP today and tomorrow at his Kiribo Ward and Akure respectively.
The commissioner of police who harassed and held down Agboola Ajayi and two members of the House of Assembly, Mr Festus Akingbaso (Idanre) and Rasheed Elegbeleye (Akoko Northeast) at the gate of the government house for about four hours reportedly took the action to prevent the Deputy governor from attending his planned defection at Ese Odo local government slated for this afternoon.
A security source who confided in Nigerian Concord said that the hostage was planned to be a house arrest despite the fact that Agboola still enjoys immunity as a serving deputy governor under the Constitution of Nigeria.
“Yes, they wanted to hold him (Agboola) down at the government house till this (Sunday Evening) so as to foil his planned defection in his home town today” the source said.
In a video made available to this newspaper, the Commissioner of Police told the deputy governor that his action was as a result of an official report he got from the governor that he had perfected plan to dump the APC, stressing that he (Agboola) had no right to go to PDP with APC’s vehicles.
His words “We are not saying you should not go out. Since you are defecting, even your letter was brought to me in my office this evening that you are doing it (decamping) on Monday. What government is saying is that you cannot go out with official vehicles. This is politics, I am not saying it is right. This is government house, the governor is the one talking, give me few minutes, let me talk to my boss.”
In his reactions, Agboola insisted that he would not leave the gate back to his official quarters unless they allowed him to remove his official and personal vehicles out of the government’s house for safety purpose.
According to Agboola, he wanted to remove his official vehicles out of the government house because he no longer feels secured in the premises.
He stressed that suspected political thugs had been detailed to attack him and vandalise his properties at the government house once he declares for PDP today and tomorrow.
Reacting further in the video which was seen by this newspaper, the embattled deputy governor expressed disappointed with the conduct of the Commissioner of Police and the men posted to the government house, saying that the conduct of the police boss was unbecoming of a senior police officer.
His words: “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 and I am highly disappointed that a policeman of your caliber 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”
Earlier, security officers at the gate led by the Chief Security Officer (CSO) told the deputy governor that he could not move his vehicles out of the government house because it was late.
He however said that Ajayi should come back today if he wanted to remove any of his vehicles that are parked inside the government premises.
Meanwhile, the National Action for Good Governance, NAGG) has berated the action of Governor Akeredolu, saying that it was ‘shameful’ for him to be using security operatives to harass his deputy all in the name of politics.
According to the pressure group in a press statement issued by its general secretary, Mr. Jacob Aderoju, this morning, the hostage on Agboola Ajayi was politics taken too far.
In the statement, NAGG warned security operatives not to allow themselves to be used by desperate politicians who are seeking for political relevance at all cost.
The group expressed disappointment in Governor Akeredolu and the State Commissioner of Police for the ill treatment given to Agboola Ajayi all because he is planning to go to a party where he believes he can actualize his governorship ambition.