By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Trouble looms for Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State as no fewer than 12 House of Assembly members in the state are set to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from APC.
This is as the feud between the governor and his Deputy, Agboola Ajayi, remains unresolved and takes a turn for the worst, WESTERN POST can authoritatively report.
The lawmakers are said to be loyalists of the Deputy Governor who feel Governor Akeredolu did not do well with over victimisation of his deputy, ranging from the alleged stoppage of his office impress since the beginning of the year to non-allocation of official duties to him.
It is not a hidden secret that for over five months now, the deputy governor has not been appearing at state functions let alone speaking to members of the public.
WP gathered that the deputy may have been pushed to the wall and left with no option than to leave the party with those he brought into APC and those who also have sympathy for him.
It would be recalled that the feud has been on for a while and all efforts by the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to resolve it had proved abortive.
According to the information gathered by WP, the defection of Ajayi may affect the chances of Akeredolu at the APC primaries as many of the party delegates who voted him in 2016 were brought by the Deputy. APC National Working Committee is said to have settled for indirect primaries (delegates election) for Ondo.
Moreso, sources said Ajayi will not only leave the party but with other cabinet members who also felt alienated by the governor since he came on board in 2016.
A Government House source, who pleaded not to be mentioned, however, said the battle between the duo would pass a wrong signal about the governor to the public.
Meanwhile, the planned defection of the deputy governor to the opposition party may pitch him against his principal.
Ajayi is said to be seeking a governorship ticket to face his boss in the coming election should the ruling party picks Akeredolu to run for a second term in office.