Osagie Otabor, Akure
ONDO State Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi has raised the alarm over alleged plot by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to forge his signature on a prepared resignation letter.
He said he would not resign, as he had no plan to do so.
Associates of Ajayi had hinted last weekend that he was being pressured to honourably resign.
Ajayi, who spoke through his media adviser, Allen Sowore, said he was elected alongside Akeredolu by the citizens, adding that the four years mandate given them would not end until February 23, 2021.
He alleged that the news about his impending resignation was sponsored by Governor Akeredolu as a subterfuge in preparation for a macabre plan to forge his signature.
The deputy governor urged the public to be wary of the latest antics and desperation by Governor Akeredolu to remove him by all means and at all costs illegally.
He said: “Ondo State people who voted for Agboola Ajayi as deputy governor in 2016 have not asked him to resign or quit the government. Therefore, he has no reason whatsoever to relinquish the people’s mandate, which of course is limited by term/time, democratically bestowed on him.”
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But Governor Akeredolu, who reacted through his Special Assistant, News Media, Richard Olatunde, said the signature of Ajayi was too insignificant to be forged.
He said he would rather deepen concern as regards efforts to confront the current national issue of protests by youths.
“All the same, one does not expect anything less from a thoroughly beaten and politically minimised egocentric being. This is not the first time he will unveil untruth not only about others, but also about himself. Forgery cannot, and has never been part of this government.