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The deputy governor of Ondo state, Agboola Ajayi has given Governor Rotimi Akeredolu a 21-day deadline to handover the apparatus of power to him in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria.

The governor and his deputy have been at loggerheads for political reasons leading to Ajayi’s decampment to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party ((PDP) from where he hopes to challenge Akeredolu in this year’s governorship election coming up in October.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is currently in isolation, having tested positive for coronavirus but has vowed not to handover to his deputy, alleging that Ajayi is an enemy of the state

But Ajayi said as the deputy Governor Akeredolu has no alternative than to handover to him as the governor is no longer fit to function in office. He therefore gave Akeredolu a 21-day ultimatum to effect the process.

In a statement issued and signed by his media Adviser, Allen Sowore, the deputy governor mocked Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate SAN, for not living up to his exalted legal profession.

“Ordinarily, one expects Mr Governor to bring to bear on governance his background as a lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, (SAN). But it is rather surprising and worrisome that the Governor has chosen the part of perversion of justice, by allowing his close aides to go astray in a matter of constitutionality.

“Section 190(2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) is apposite in the prevailing constitutional abberration in Ondo State. On our part, we will continue to pray fervently for Mr Governor’s quickest recovery.

“However, it should be noted, that Mr Governor is at liberty to handover or not within 21 days after which the constitution becomes operational. Ostensibly, the refusal and failure of Mr Governor to handover the running of government to his deputy while he is temporarily incapacitated in self- isolation underscore his absolute disregard for our nation’s supreme document, 1999 Constitution (as amended) as well as the tenets of rule of law.

“The Governor’s position is a spite on the Ondo State people and a direct assault on the provisions of the constitution which he swore to uphold.

“Governor Akeredolu’s deliberate mounting of obstacles to smooth running of government machinery while he’s in self isolation as a result of the fact that he has been tested positive for the COVID-19 privileges the hypocratical nature of Ondo State government’s war against the ravaging pandemic,” Sowore added.


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