Governor Olusegun Mimiko is rooting to replace his deputy, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, from office, and this is authoritative.
Information at the disposal of WESTERN POST revealed that the plan, which has reached advanced stage, is to be executed through the state’s House of Assembly, who would be instigated to impeach Olanusi on health grounds.
The deputy governor is said to be aware of the plot, as it was learnt that he has since being lobbying some traditional rulers and prominent lawmakers and people in the state who could prevail on the governor to drop the plan.
WESTERN POST gathered that there had been intense pressure on the deputy governor before and after the 2012 governorship election in the state to resign his position.
According to an impeccable source within the Governor’s Office, the deputy governor, who is 72 years old, had been told pointedly by the governor to resign and nominate an active person who could replace him last year.
But Olanusi has refused to bow to the pressure.
A group of Muslims in the state, it was gathered, paid a visit to Mimiko last year on the need for the governor to find a Muslim replacement for Olanusi who would be younger and active.
WESTERN POST, however, learnt the governor may have settled for a top civil servant who is from the same town with the deputy governor.
Olanusi is from Supare Akoko in Akoko South/West, Ondo North Senatorial District.