By Idowu Akinlotan
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State’s camp might not be serving its finest pursuits with its latest declaration that it will not hand over governance to his deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi, as a result of he’s a “betrayer and the best menace to his administration”.
The governor’s place is worsened by the truth that whereas he has insisted on holding on to energy regardless of not too long ago testing constructive for COVID-19, the deputy governor has been extra restrained and conciliatory, concealing any need he might need to behave within the workplace of governor ought to any circumstance incapacitate the governor from discharging his duties.
Talking by means of his Commissioner for Info and Orientation, Donald Ojigo, Mr Akeredolu famous that: “These of us in authorities consider strongly on this authorities and see the deputy governor as the best menace to good governance in Ondo State, and you may’t try to handover to folks like that. Agboola Ajayi is the best menace to this authorities.
You don’t rock a ship that has taken you throughout the ocean. It’s a non-issue and we’re not even contemplating handing over to Mr Ajayi, and I do know as a matter of indisputable fact that nobody who believes in good governance within the state will even advise Mr Akeredolu at hand over to his deputy.
What could be the compelling motive when governance just isn’t grounded? We can not toy with what now we have constructed through the years.
We can not threat it and try at hand over to somebody who has exhibited a senseless degree of betrayal and an unquestionable degree of treachery.
COVID-19 just isn’t a dying sentence and the governor is powerful sufficient to work. For the deputy to insinuate, incite or instigate folks to be stirring the water to say that the governor ought to hand over to him, confirms our fears within the final ten months that Agboola Ajayi has been striving to take over energy by means of the back-door and God won’t enable him.”
It isn’t clear whether or not the commissioner was conscious of the provisions of Part 190 of the 1999 Structure of Nigeria (as amended),which doesn’t give a governor the posh of selection or sentiments regarding who acts in his capability when he’s both on a trip or in any other case unable to discharge his duties as governor.
It’s also not clear if the commissioner famous the plan of action Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, took by handing over the reins of presidency to his deputy whereas going into isolation after testing constructive for COVID-19 in March.
What he was, nevertheless, clear on was that Mr Akeredolu is in adequate well being to discharge his sworn duties as governor of the state.
It was due to this fact pointless to have launched right into a tirade denouncing the deputy governor and promising on grounds of sentiment to flout the structure.
Mr Ajayi, in the meantime, has not mimicked the commissioner’s emotive outburst. He has as an alternative noticed that there isn’t a want for nervousness concerning the governor’s well being and that the governor could be treating recordsdata whereas in isolation so as to not negatively have an effect on governance.
These new to Ondo State politics and unaware of the bitter rivalry between the governor and his deputy who defected to the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) not too long ago would marvel why the brouhaha.
The very last thing the governor (or his commissioner) wants is to be perceived as repaying civility with hostility. In any case, of all of the governors who examined constructive for COVID-19, it was solely the showy Mallam el-Rufai who transmitted energy to his deputy.