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 shall be terminated on Wednesday, acknowledged that the completion of his time period was virtually inconceivable because of what he described as the various battles he confronted.
Akeredolu will on Wednesday be sworn-in for a second time period, collectively together with his Deputy Governor-Elect, Fortunate Ayedatiwa who was picked as Ajayi’s alternative.
Halfway into the primary time period of Akeredolu as Governor, the embattled Deputy Governor had fallen out together with his boss over his ambition to succeed Akeredolu.
After dumping the All Progressives Congress, APC, he moved to the Peoples Democratic Social gathering, PDP, the place he didn’t safe the get together’s ticket.
Inside a couple of months in PDP, Ajayi moved once more to the Zenith Labour Social gathering, ZLP, the place he turned the standard-bearer of the get together for the October 10, 2020 governorship election.
Throughout the governorship ballot, the Deputy Governor got here third together 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 assist the motion of their colleagues, a transfer the Chief Decide 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 stated was adhesive to the spirit and letter of the structure, he acknowledged 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 legislation and really upheld the integrity of the legislature and towards all odds (together with going through bodily hurt and political intimidation), just like the Rock of Gibraltar towards govt recklessness. I’m glad as we speak that via 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 respect them for acknowledging and supporting my potential to supply a reputable various in the direction of offering deliverable companies to the folks with out egocentric profiteering.
“I humbly urge Christians, Muslims and all properly 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 properly of their administration,” he stated.