Osagie Otabor, Akure
ONDO State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has examined adverse for COVID-19.
The governor advised reporters on the Authorities Home, Alagbaka, Akure, the capital, that he acquired the report within the early hours of Monday.
He described the virus as “actual and lethal.”
The governor final week examined constructive for the virus and went into self-isolation.
In his absence, Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi, who has left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Individuals’s Democratic Get together (PDP) the place he’s looking for the governorship ticket, demanded to be sworn in as performing governor. He gave a 21-day ultimatum.
Secretary to the Authorities (SSG) Ifedayo Abegunde additionally yesterday resigned. The governor promptly appointed Mr. Tayo Oluwatuyi as substitute. He can be sworn in as we speak.
Akeredolu nominated Mr. Idowu Otutebi as commissioner.
The governor accused the deputy governor of sponsoring protests in opposition to him in Akure and Abuja in order that he might hand over to him, following his COVID-19 an infection.
Abegunde mentioned Akeredolu’s victory in 2016 was manipulated.
Talking on a radio programme monitored in Akure, the previous SSG mentioned he regretted working underneath Akeredolu within the final three and half years, saying he was uncovered to hardship.
He mentioned there was a chilly struggle between him and the governor, including that he give up the administration as a consequence of maltreatment.
Abegunde mentioned he was unable to cater for the wants of his followers as a result of the governor refused to launch grant to his workplace.
He mentioned: “Akeredolu didn’t win the election in 2016, however we made it potential for him to turn into governor. We had been the pillars behind him and we won’t assist him once more. He’ll lose this time round.”
Reacting to the allegation that he acquired N5 million month-to-month as grant, Abegunde, who disagreed with the governor, demanded for proof.
His phrases: “I used to be struggling in his administration as a result of he didn’t launch any fund for my workplace grants. He has been telling lies that he was giving me N5 million each month even when he knew he didn’t give me such cash.
“The place on earth did the governor give me such funds? Just lately, I reported him to Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and he promised to ask each of us to Abuja for settlement. I do not forget that I advised Fayemi that I used to be going to spit on the face of Akeredolu, if he repeated the lie that he was giving me N5 million month-to-month, and I might then return to Akure to resign and as nicely inform the general public of his looting sprees.
“The federal government of Akeredolu is making the whole individuals of the state to endure and I can’t be a part of that any longer. Everyone seems to be struggling. He doesn’t pay salaries on the proper time. As a matter of truth, Akeredolu has not carried out to the expectations of the lots aside from the roads he’s constructing.
“Akeredolu has turned former Governor Mimiko to a saint together with his personal abysmal efficiency. We now see that Mimiko did nicely as governor as a result of he gave his individuals sufficient funds to allow them cater for the wants of their very own supporters. I had labored with three governors, and I can say that within the historical past of Ondo state, Akeredolu is the worst governor”
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Abegunde mentioned the folks that loved the federal government are Akeredolu’s spouse, son and in-laws from Imo State.
He mentioned: “Akeredolu has diminished the federal government to the property of his spouse, son and in-laws from Imo state. All of the contracts within the state are being given to his spouse, son and the individuals from Imo state”.
Abegunde denied dumping the ruling APC, saying that he’s supporting Mr. Segun Abraham, a governorship aspirant.
Nevertheless, Akeredolu denied the allegations by the previous SSG that he gave all contracts to his in-laws.
The governor mentioned the allegations had been laced with fabrications and falsehood.
He mentioned it was Abegunde’s pervasive acts that haunded him and others out of his administration.
Talking by way of his Senior Particular Assistant, Media and Publicity, Ojo Oyewamide, the governor mentioned he by no means awarded a single street contract to any contractor of Igbo extraction.
Akeredolu mentioned documentations referring to contracts execution weren’t hidden.
He added: “That is removed from the reality. Apart the temptation to dismiss this unsubstantiated declare by the facilitators of the imaginary situation, the truth that such was coming from these whose pervasive acts have haunded them out of presidency is sufficient to ignore the story.
Nevertheless, it’s pertinent to aver that there isn’t any single street contractor of Igbo extraction. Anybody with proof of such ought to kindly avail the general public of similar.
“Documentations referring to contracts execution are usually not hidden. They’re public and subsequently, topic to public scrutiny. All street contractors within the state are well-known and don’t have anything to cover.”
Akeredolu additionally raised the alarm over an alleged plot by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, to sponsor mass protests in opposition to him, with a view to forcing him at hand over energy.
The governor, who spoke by way of his Commissioner for Info and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, mentioned intelligence report confirmed that funds had been launched for the protest, which can start tomorrow in each Akure and Abuja.
He mentioned Ajayi was in a rush to unseat him by way of the backdoor by making a scenario of disaster within the state.
The governor defined that one of many protests could be held in Akure by mobilising pretend scholar leaders and ‘miscreants” to stage “Occupy Alagbaka Authorities Home” whereas the second protest was deliberate to carry on the Nationwide Secretariat of the APC in Abuja.
He urged dad and mom to restrain their kids from taking part in unlawful political demonstrations.
Ojogo mentioned: “He (Agboola) has launched some funds to a pretend college students’ union activist to organise protests in opposition to Mr Governor to be tagged ‘Occupy Alagbaka Authorities Home’.”
“The mentioned activist is a former aide to the governor however working within the Workplace of the Deputy Governor. He was sacked not too long ago; the primary section of the protest is on Wednesday (this week) and one other can be held in Abuja on the APC Nationwide Secretariat, now we have briefed the safety businesses appropriately.
“This isn’t the primary time the deputy governor can be planning to take over energy desperately, final 12 months when the governor was recuperating, he made related transfer. We sympathize with him in his desperation for energy, he ought to watch for God’s appointed time for him.
“God will proceed to maintain Mr Governor to ship on his mandate for the individuals of the state.”
Ajayi, who described the allegation because the figment of the creativeness of a drowning authorities, mentioned it was not solely unfaithful however reckless, provocative and an try and painting him as a person determined for energy in any respect value.
He mentioned Akeredolu might do something to whip up sentiment and stay related.
Ajayi famous that the actions and utterances of some political workplace holders within the state had been harmful to democracy.
He mentioned: “The general public ought to take notice that the most recent allegation in opposition to the deputy governor of Ondo State comes few days after a Particular Adviser to Governor Akeredolu boasted on a radio programme in Akure that the federal government would do something, together with taking extra-constitutional measures to question an elected deputy governor. The identical spokesman had earlier issued an official launch that the governor won’t handover the reins of presidency to the deputy governor as a result of he has declared curiosity to manipulate Ondo State in one other political celebration.
“Let or not it’s identified to lovers of democracy and good governance that if anyone is a menace to good governance, it’s those that by way of their actions and inactions have personalised governance on the detriment of the individuals of the state.”