ONDO DRAMA! Resignations, Defections, Stare At Akeredolu
Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu is on the verge of losing some of the best hands in his cabinet.
There are speculations that the overbearing influence of Special Advisers and Assistants appointed by him is eroding the political appointees.
Not less than 11 members of the state executive council are said to have perfected plans to pull out of his government and seek alternative political parties.
It was reliably gathered that the governor has practically sidelined and rendered useless his commissioners by appointing technocrats who primarily carry out his instructions.
"Most of the commissioners are jobless and useless in their ministries. The governor doesn't relate with them and has made them less financially empowered.
"Many of them cannot go to their constituencies because they don't have what it takes to live up to their people's expectations. So, they are angry and frustrated.
"In few days’ time, the wind of resignation and defections will blow in Ondo state because these people have concluded all their arrangements to jostle for National Assembly tickets in other parties ahead of the 2019 general elections." A source within the government disclosed.
Barring any last-minute change, the following state officials are confirmed ready to dump the governor and the APC.
They are: Women Affairs commissioner, Wunmi Edet Olatunji; the secretary to the State Government, Ifedayo Abegunde; Youth and Sports commissioner, Saka Yusuf; Physical Planning And Urban Development commissioner, Sola Amodeni and Finance commissioner, Wale Akinterinwa.
Others are Commissioner for Agriculture, Gboyega Adefarati; Information and Orientation, Yemi Olowolabi; Commerce, Timehin Adelegbe; Culture and Tourism, Ismaila Olurimisi; Housing Commissioner, Donald Ojogo; Natural Resources, Rasheed Badmus, and the Special Adviser on Transport, Tobi Ogunleye.Reacting to the development, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Segun Ajiboye maintained that though the commissioners may be nursing political ambitions, it will not disturb or distract them from working for the state.
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