Osagie Otabor, Akure
ONDO State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has examined unfavourable for COVID-19.
The governor instructed 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 optimistic 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 Folks’s Democratic Occasion (PDP) the place he’s in search of the governorship ticket, demanded to be sworn in as appearing 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 will likely be sworn in immediately.
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 may 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 below Akeredolu within the final three and half years, saying he was uncovered to hardship.
He mentioned there was a chilly warfare between him and the governor, including that he stop the administration resulting from 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 attainable for him to develop into governor. We had been the pillars behind him and we is not going to help 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? 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 instructed 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 complete folks 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 plenty aside from the roads he’s constructing.
“Akeredolu has turned former Governor Mimiko to a saint along with his personal abysmal efficiency. We now see that Mimiko did nicely as governor as a result of he gave his folks 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 those who 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 folks 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 via his Senior Particular Assistant, Media and Publicity, Ojo Oyewamide, the governor mentioned he by no means awarded a single highway contract to any contractor of Igbo extraction.
Akeredolu mentioned documentations regarding 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 a single highway contractor of Igbo extraction. Anybody with proof of such ought to kindly avail the general public of similar.
“Documentations regarding contracts execution aren’t hidden. They’re public and subsequently, topic to public scrutiny. All highway 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 handy over energy.
The governor, who spoke via his Commissioner for Data 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 via the backdoor by making a state of affairs of disaster within the state.
The governor defined that one of many protests could be held in Akure by mobilising faux pupil 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 mother and father to restrain their kids from collaborating in unlawful political demonstrations.
Ojogo mentioned: “He (Agboola) has launched some funds to a faux 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 will likely be held in Abuja on the APC Nationwide Secretariat, we have now briefed the safety businesses appropriately.
“This isn’t the primary time the deputy governor will likely be planning to take over energy desperately, final 12 months when the governor was recuperating, he made comparable transfer. We sympathize with him in his desperation for energy, he ought to await God’s appointed time for him.
“God will proceed to maintain Mr Governor to ship on his mandate for the folks 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 to painting him as a person determined for energy in any respect price.
He mentioned Akeredolu may 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 newest 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 is not going to handover the reins of presidency to the deputy governor as a result of he has declared curiosity to control Ondo State in one other political get together.
“Let it’s identified to lovers of democracy and good governance that if anyone is a risk to good governance, it’s those that via their actions and inactions have personalised governance on the detriment of the folks of the state.”