Ondo state deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi was on Saturday prevented by the police from leaving his official residence at the state government house.
The development took place ahead of the deputy governor’s concluded plans to defect to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which is to take place tomorrow, Monday.
Agboola Ajayi has planned to dump the APC and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, ahead of the state’s governorship election coming up in October this year because of rift between him and the governor which has remained unresolved despite intervention by many leaders of the party in the state.
His defection is expected to from his ward in Kiribo where he is billed to officially obtain his membership card of the PDP today in his country home but was prevented from moving out of the Government House.
Security operatives who claimed to be acting on the order of the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Salami, blocked the way to prevent the Deputy Governor’s official pilot vehicle from moving from his residence.
The Commissioner of Police, however, said his office had been briefed about the defection but argued that Ajayi cannot dump APC and with APC’s vehicles.
He said “we are not saying you should not go out. Since you are defecting, even your letter was brought to me in my office this evening that you are doing it (decamping) on Monday.
“What the government is saying is that you cannot go out with official vehicles. This is politics. I am not saying it is right. This is a government house, the governor is the one talking, give me a few minutes, let me talk to my boss.”
However, speaking with newsmen, the Deputy Governor expressed disappointed with the conduct of the Commissioner of Police and the men posted to the Government House.
He said the conduct of the police boss is unbecoming of a senior police officer.
Ajayi said “I have tried all constitutional and acceptable means to prevent this crisis. You are being used by the governor to deprive me of my constitutional right, I am highly disappointed that a policeman of your caliber can be used like this.
“I personally paid for this vehicle. You should not have put yourself in this mess. Let me tell you, you cannot repeat what happened in this state in 1983 because Ondo State people will resist you and you and your emperor with everything,” he said.