Akeredolu’s plans to withdraw Agboola’s security, sack official aides thicken as D-Gov’s office grants stopped
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Barring any last minute change in his plans, the governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, will soon announce the sack of all the official aides of his estranged deputy, Agboola Ajayi.
The governor has also concluded plans to withdraw security details of the embattled deputy governor.
This is coming just as political battles continue between Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, and Hon. Agboola Ajayi over the 2020 governorship election.
According to information available to Nigerian Concord, the aides that the governor has concluded to sack are the deputy governor’s Chief of Staff, Chief Press Secretary, media assistants among others.
This imminent sack, Nigerian Concord gathered is a result of the pressures which the governor had received from his political associates, advising against the idea of allowing the deputy governor enjoy official aides who are being paid by the state government.
According to information, Governor Akeredolu had been briefed by his associates that all the official aides and security details of the deputy governor are not on the governor’s side.
One of the top associates of Akeredolu who hinted this newspaper about the development however said that the governor initially did not see any danger in allowing his deputy to keep his official aides and security details but had to succumb to pressure that they should be sacked and withdrawn so as to avoid any loophole.
In a related development, Governor Akeredolu has reportedly stopped the monthly running grants of the deputy governor’s office.
This development Nigerian Concord learnt has been in place since 2018 that it was first rumoured that Agboola was nursing plans not to run as Akeredolu’s running mate this year.
According to insiders, the governor gave the order to stop funding Agboola’s office in order to starve him of funds.
Insiders also hinted that it is the deputy governor who has been funding his own office since the order to stop his running grants was given by his estranged boss.