By Temitope Adedeji in Akure
The weight and relevance of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, is creating unease within the camp of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu over his alleged intention to cross to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following his disagreements with the governor.
Ajayi reckons that he would win the next election for PDP should the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) picks on the governor as its candidate for the election.
However, efforts are on top gear to sack all the allies of the Deputy Governor who are still serving in Akeredolu’s government, so as to reduce the deputy governor’s weight politically.
An allegation was levied against the Accountant-General in the state, Mr. Olaolu Akindolie, who is a bosom friend and ally of the Deputy Governor that he paid N700 million to a firm ITDC belonging to the Deputy Governor over OSOPADEC projects.
Akindolie, however, dismissed the reports that he paid the firm believed to belong to the Deputy Governor ITDC, N700 million and refused to pay less than N200 million of OSOPADEC fund for projects.
A non existing group within the camp of the governor known as Ondo Southern Solidarity Front (OSSF) planted to spy on the deputy had put up a write up that Ajayi was paid huge amount of money and that the Accountant-General is plotting to destabilize the government.
Meanwhile, in his response, the Accountant-General said he was not sabotaging Akeredolu’s efforts in the MDAs towards effective governance.
However, Governor Akeredolu is jittery, knowing full well that, the Deputy Governor is a political strategist who could use his strength and might to wreak imaginable havoc on him mostly as the election draws closer and could jeopardize his chances in the forthcoming primaries in the state.
All the available machinery for the governor to use has been tapped to advantage by the deputy.
Impeaching him like every other deputy in the past effortlessly removed at the slight provocation of their bosses has proved herculean.