Moves have intensified for the possible removal of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr Agboola Ajayi, on account of worsening relationship with Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of the state.
Reliable sources, opting for anonymity on account of the sensitivity of the known details of the growing distrust between the two All Progressives Congress – APC’s bigwigs, disclosed that Governor Akeredolu has allegedly convinced the Chairman of the party in Ondo State, Mr. Ade Adetimehin to shop for willing lawmakers that could be trusted to decisively nail the political coffin of Mr. Agboola Ajayi.
One of the sources told our correspondent that at least an initial unappropriated whopping sum of N100Million may have been voted for the “Agboola Ajayi Must Go” battle.
Corroborating what was widely circulating in the public domain on Tuesday, one source said that Governor Akeredolu purportedly commissioned Chairman Adetimehin to cultivate at least eight lawmakers that could be loyal to pursue a legislative agenda of impeaching his enstranged deputy.
Each of the lawmakers is allegedly penciled down to be rewarded with at least a sum of N5Million only.
On account of the possible backlash that could arise from the decision to remove the Deputy Governor, who is known to be a political juggernaut, the State Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Comrade Jacob Adebo (a.k.a. Idajo), is said to have been commissioned to follow-up with a wave of violence.
Sources familiar with the plot further told our correspondent that the Govenor may consider a complete lock down of the State using the pretext of noveau COVID 19 pandemic, to frustrate any backlash that could follow the removal of his deputy.
Several aides of the Governor were contacted by our reporters before press time, but there was no reaction on the serious allegations.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, declined comments, saying he would not react to speculations. He, however, was warned of administrative topshot attending an all-night meeting at Government House, Alagbaka, Akure, up till early hours this Wednesday. The agenda of the meeting with the Governor remain unknown. But another Cabinet member confided in our correspondent that the differences and issues between the two feuding fellows are almost “irreconciliable at this point”.
Text messages to both Governor Akeredolu and his deputy were not replied.