Agbola Ajayi, the deputy governor of Ondo state who recently joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has asked Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to hand over to him.
In a statement released after Ondo commissioner for information, Donald Ojogho said the governor will never allow his Deputy take control of the state, Ajayi stated that he ought to be the acting governor since Akeredolu is partially incapacitated after testing positive for Coronavirus.
The Deputy Governor insisted that the Governor’s refusal to allow him take control of the state, violates the country’s constitution.
The statement released by his spokesman, Allen Sowore reads;
“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.
“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.”