By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The Ondo State House of Assembly may have engaged in another decoy in the battle to impeach the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, since his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which is not in tandem with the plans and aspirations of the governor, Rotimi Akeredolu SAN
Akeredolu is said to be doing everything humanly possible to win the governorship election coming up in October 2020.
The governor is also not taking chances over anything that could truncate his chances, most especially now that he is facing serious challenges ranging from the party internal crisis both in the state and at the national level.
Investigations carried out by WESTERN POST revealed that the governor has been advised to gather various groups in the state and organise open protest to pressurise members of the Assembly to push for the Deputy Governor’s removal
The idea of using some groups was tested on Wednesday at the Governor’s Office when some men believed to be Okada riders were gathered at the state Secretariat with different placards inscriptions that the Deputy Governor must go.
However, the governor has been having a sleepless night on how to impeach the deputy without much rancour.
Meanwhile, some members of the Assembly numbering 12, who are loyal to Agboola Ajayi, have also made the impeachment “a mission impossible”.
The loyalists of the Deputy Governor punctured the deputy removal plan.
They are of the view that the Deputy could not be removed as long as he did not run fowl of the law. He defected to the opposition, when APC is still facing serious crisis.
It would be recalled that, the governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has been keeping an arms-length with his Deputy for over seven months on issues that should have been settled amicably within them.
An insider in the cabinet told WESTERN POST that, over 100million have been set aside for various groups across the state to organise the crusade against the deputy and demand for his impeachment.
All efforts on Wednesday by the members of the state House of Assembly targeted at impeaching the Deputy Governor landed on a withered leave after each and every one of the members was said to have taken N10m for the job that failed.