The outgoing Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, has described his tenure as stuffed with intrigues whereas deputizing his boss, Governor Oluwarotim Akeredolu.
Ajayi whose tenure as Deputy Governor will likely be terminated on Wednesday, said that the completion of his time period was virtually inconceivable as a consequence of what he described as the various battles he confronted.
Akeredolu will on Wednesday be sworn-in for a second time period, collectively along with his Deputy Governor-Elect, Fortunate Ayedatiwa who was picked as Ajayi’s substitute.
Halfway into the primary time period of Akeredolu as Governor, the embattled Deputy Governor had fallen out along with his boss over his ambition to succeed Akeredolu.
After dumping the All Progressives Congress, APC, he moved to the Peoples Democratic Celebration, PDP, the place he did not safe the occasion’s ticket.
Inside a couple of months in PDP, Ajayi moved once more to the Zenith Labour Celebration, ZLP, the place he grew to become the standard-bearer of the occasion for the October 10, 2020 governorship election.
In the course of the governorship ballot, the Deputy Governor got here third along with his boss Akeredolu of the APC rising winner of the election.
In the meantime, there have been failed makes an attempt to question Ajayi as Akeredolu’s deputy as 9 lawmakers of the Ondo State Home of Meeting refused to help the motion of their colleagues, a transfer the Chief Choose of state didn’t additionally approve over non adherence to the constitutional necessities for impeachment by the Meeting.
In his farewell message whereas thanking God for unfailing grace and the tenacity of the Ondo State Judiciary, which Ajayi mentioned was adhesive to the spirit and letter of the structure, he said that he’s leaving his workplace unruffled.
“My profound appreciation additionally goes to the 9 Honourable Members of the Ondo State Home of Meeting, who’re code named the Integrity Group, stood on precept of rule regulation and really upheld the integrity of the legislature and in opposition to all odds (together with dealing with bodily hurt and political intimidation), just like the Rock of Gibraltar in opposition to govt recklessness. I’m completely satisfied at present that by means of our little efforts, democratic establishments in Ondo State and in Nigeria have been strengthened.
“I’m most grateful to the folks of Ondo State, who gave me the mandate to serve them as deputy governor. I additionally recognize them for acknowledging and supporting my potential to offer a reputable different in direction of offering deliverable companies to the folks with out egocentric profiteering.
“I humbly urge Christians, Muslims and all effectively which means Nigerians to proceed to wish for the peace and progress of Ondo and Nigeria.
“I want Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN and the brand new Deputy Governor, Fortunate Ayedatiwa effectively of their administration,” he mentioned.