By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Governor of Ondo state, Rotimi, has sacked the aides of the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Ajayi Agboola, including his Special Assistant on New Media, Allen Sowore, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Babatope Okeowo.
They were sacked alongside five other aides of the Deputy Governor and his wife. This comes two days after the Deputy Governor defected from the ruling All Progressive Congress to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, over differences with the Governor.
Recall that on Sunday, Ajayi had quit the APC following months of frosty relationship with his boss, after which he picked the membership card of the PDP.
Shortly after his resignation from APC, the Deputy Governor disclosed that he will not resign from office, stressing that the people who gave him the mandate did not ask him to resign as Deputy Governor.
Other affected aides are: Olomu Bayo, Special Assistant on Special Duties; Olawale Abolade Mukaila, Special Assistant on Photography; Samuel Ogunmusi, Personal Assistant, (Deputy Governor); Omotunmise Tokunbo, Special Assistant to the wife of the Deputy Governor and Erifeyiwa Shola Akinnugba, (Photography, wife of the Deputy Governor).
Meanwhile, a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Akeredolu, Segun Ajiboye, “Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has relieved the following aides of their appointments.
“The affected aides are advised to submit all government’s property in their possession to the Chief of Staff to the Governor. Arakunrin Akeredolu wishes them luck in their future endeavours”.
However, the Deputy Governor of Ondo state, shortly after his aides were sacked by Governor Akeredolu, reappointed them immediately.
Okeowo, who confirmed to journalists that he had been reappointed by his boss, said the deputy governor had reappointed all the aides sacked by the State Governor.
“Yes, it is true that the governor announced our sack, but there is no cause for alarm, as we have been reabsorbed by the Deputy Governor”, he said.