…says ‘saga is concocted lie’
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, says he did not order the police in the state to prevent his estranged deputy, Hon Agboola Ajayi, from leaving the Government House on Saturday night.
Akeredolu stated this while reacting to allegations that he directed the police to take action which led to an altercation with Ajayi at the gate to the Ondo Government House, Akure, on Saturday night.
Ondo State deputy governor was held back at the Government House as the state’s Police Commissioner, Bolaji Salami, insisted that he would not leave with his official vehicles.
Also, a video trending on the Social Media showed the state police commissioner stopping the deputy governor from leaving the premises of the Government House on Saturday night.
Akeredolu in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye, described the report as a complete falsehood intended to portray the estranged deputy governor as the victim.
The Ondo governor said claims that he directed the state police commissioner to stop the deputy governor from leaving the Government House was a concocted lie meant to discredit him.
He explained it was the norm in government business for officials to take inventory of offices and quarters before and after an official is moving in or out of offices or quarters.
Akeredolu said it became worrisome and suspicious when aides of the deputy governor insisted on leaving the Government House premises with some wrapped items as late as 11 pm.
He said the state police commissioner’s intervention was most desirable to restore law and order.
The statement partly read, “Governor Akeredolu reiterates his commitment to the rights of all, including the Deputy Governor.
“But he has a duty to be firm and dispassionate in exercising the roles assigned to him.”