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I did not bar Ajayi from leaving the Government House – Akeredolu

It was a few hours of mild drama at the Ondo State Government House on Saturday when the Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi was barred from moving out of the government house with his pilot vehicle.

In a short video that had since gone viral, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Salami was seen preventing Mr Agboola from leaving with the said vehicle claiming that it belonged to the government.

Mr Salami noted that the letter notifying him of the deputy governor’s defection to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was already on his table at the police headquarters at Igbatoro road, hence the need for Mr Agboola to drop the vehicle as he could no longer be in possession of government property.

The Deputy Governor initially opposed to the order of the Police commissioner saying he was being used against him.

After some hours of argument however, Mr Ajayi surrendered the vehicle which he ordered to be parked at the entrance of the government house.

This is coming just as the Deputy Governor plans to dump the All Progressives today.

There have been whispers about rancor between the governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Agboola Ajayi in recent times before the event of Saturday night which political observers said could have adverse effect on the development agenda of the present administration in Ondo state.

Meanwhile, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has debunked stories making the round especially on the social media that his deputy, Agboola Ajayi has been stopped from leaving Government house.

Governor Akeredolu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Segun Ajiboye describes the stories as falsehood intended to play victim by the principal actors involved.

The governor sees the story claiming the Ondo State Police Command restrained the Deputy Governor from leaving the Government House on his directive as one meant to discredit him.

The statement describes it as worrisome and suspicious when aides of the Deputy Governor insisted on leaving the premises with items of unclear ownership as late as eleven o’clock at night.

Governor Akeredolu reiterates his commitment to the rights of all, including the Deputy Governor but with a duty to be firm and dispassionate in exercising the roles assigned to him.

Olorunferanmi Odofin

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