Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu is on an alleged rescue mission in Ekiti State while the business of governance in his state cries for attention.

Investigation carried out by our reporter reveals that the governor has hardly been available for state assignments since he was inaugurated as member of APC campaign team in Ekiti.

A source in the governor's office confirmed that most of the important assignments where the governor was supposed to be physically present are presided over by his deputy, Agboola Ajayi.

"Since the inauguration, Mr. Governor has not always been in town. If he is not in Ado, he will be in Abuja all for Fayemi's governorship bid." The source said.

Another source within the governor press crew also confirmed the development.

"Most of the stories have been sending so far has not been used by my organization because it is the deputy governor that always represents the governor. As you know, am here to cover the governor and not the deputy.

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"What I do is to do special stories outside the government house otherwise I will be queried for not sending stories."

A civil servant in the governor's office said it is unheard of that a governor abandons his primary duty in his state because of an upcoming election in another state.

"Nobody is saying he should not campaign for Fayemi but it should be done moderately.

"He doesn't have to allow the business of governance suffers in the state.

"We noticed that the deputy governor has been representing him in most of the state functions in the last two weeks which is wrong.

"People voted for him and they want him in the state. What is the business of Ondo state with Ekiti election? How does it put food on our tables?" He asked rhetorically.

But a top government official believes that the deputy Governor also carries the weight of the governor.

"I don't really see any big deal there. With or without the governor in the state, the state moves on. The deputy governor is as competent as the governor himself."


Governor Akeredolu has been a regular face at the Kayode Fayemi's campaign train in Ekiti.

He was among the party bigwigs that welcome the APC candidate in a rally where some of the party members including a gubernatorial aspirant were shot by a trigger-happy police man.

It was gathered that the governor after declaring public holiday on June 12 did not attend the public lecture which was organized by the state government.

He was said to be in Abuja where a dinner was organized for the Fayemi campaign team.

He was at the Akure airport on Tuesday to receive the party leaders and personally led them for a mega opening rally at Ado Ekiti.

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