Ondo Crisis: Akeredolu lavishes N150 Million on groups to call for Agboola’s impeachment
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Nigerian Concord Newspaper can authoritatively report that the governor of Ondo state, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, in his bid to secure a second term in office has given a whooping N150 Million to ten different pressure groups for them to put pressures on members of the State House of Assembly on the need to quickly remove his estranged deputy, Hon. Agboola Ajayi.
According to insiders at the Ondo state government house, the governor’s Chief of staff met with leaders of the groups at his office today where he begged them to begin serious propaganda which will force the Assembly members to see reasons to commence an impeachment move against the embattled deputy governor.
The Chief of staff was said to have told the leaders of the groups of their importance in ensuring that the lawmakers who are still trying to get the required 2/3 Majority impeach the deputy governor at all cost commence the process immediately.
“Yes , I can confirm that the governor is still making frantic efforts to ensure the removal of his deputy even after the move failed on Wednesday. The lawmakers who are loyal to the governor is being led by Speaker Bamidele Oleyeloogun. They are still looking for a way to get the required numbers to perfect the impeachment.
“Their failure to perfect the impeachment process on Wednesday had almost killed the plan but the governor was later advised last night to make use of pressure groups which will be putting pressures on the state lawmakers, calling them to quickly impeach the deputy governor.
“Once these ten pressure groups which have gotten N15 Million each begin to call on the Assembly members to impeach the deputy governor, they (lawmakers) will go on air to tell the public that it is the people of Ondo state that are behind their actions” the reliable source said.
Recall that Agboola Ajayi resigned his membership from APC and joined the PDP early this week as a result of what he described as high handedness on the part of the governor.
According to Ajayi during his defection ceremony which was attended by PDP stakeholders in Ondo state and beyond as well as some members of the party’s NEC led by its national chairman, Prince Uche Seconds, his safety in the APC was no longer guaranteed as his neck was being pinned down.
However, before Agboola decamped at his Ese Odo Ward, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Bolaji Salami, detained him and his aides at the gate of the Government House in Akure for about four hours on the order Governor Akeredolu.
Also on Tuesday which was a day after his formal defection at PDP Secretariat in Akure, the governor through his spokesperson, Smart Ajiboye, announced the sack of all the deputy governor’s aides without giving any reason.
On the same Tuesday, Governor Akeredolu reportedly gave N10 Million to each member of the State House of Assembly to perfect the removal of his deputy. The House of Assembly was sealed up by the police who were believed to be working on the directive of the governor who apparently wanted to prevent some lawmakers who are presumed to be loyal to Agboola from gaining access into the Chambers.
The impeachment process however failed as a result of the firm decisions taken by about 12 members of the House who said that it would be illegal to impeach Agboola just because he left APC for the PDP even when he is being backed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which allows any political office holder to quit his party once he can prove that there is a crisis within the party.
Also yesterday, the State House Chief Security Officer who was acting on the order of the state Commissioner of Police withdrew the police escort of Hon. Agboola. The state police command has denied the withdrawal though.
But in his reaction, Agboola who spoke through his CPS, Babatope Okeowo, raised an alarm, stressing that his safety is no longer sure as a result of his police escort by the Ondo state police chief.