By Dayo Johnson
THE frosty relationship between Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and his embattled Deputy, Mr. Agboola Ajayi, yesterday, took a brand new twist as a plot to question the deputy governor thickened.
The House of Assembly was besieged by stern wanting policemen, who got here to guard the lawmakers as they deliberate to start the train.
But the embattled Deputy Governor, who dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, alleged that the 26 lawmakers have been induced by Governor Akeredolu to question him.
Policemen have been drafted to the meeting complicated by the Ondo Police Commissioner, Mr. Bolaji Salami, to offer safety for the lawmakers whereas they start the impeachment course of.
No fewer than 5 police patrol autos, conveying policemen, stormed the complicated positioned alongside Igbatoro street in Akure, Ondo State.
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The lawmakers had gone on recess after the face-off with the chief arm of presidency over the key lodgment and spending of the N4.three billion in a secret account by the earlier administration for 10 years.
Reports had it that the lawmakers have been to reach the meeting complicated yesterday morning after converging on the Speakers lodge in Akure earlier than leaving for the complicated.
The lawmakers, who have been billed to reach the complicated, reportedly modified the plan following directives from the state authorities.
Vanguard gathered that the sport plan modified following stories that it would resolve to massacre if the train was carried out.
It was additional gathered that supporters of the deputy governor, who bought wind of the plan, equally mobilised to storm the meeting and thwarted the train.
We have been on regular patrol — Police
Also reacting to the deployment, Ondo Police spokesperson, Mr. Tee Leo Ikoro stated: “My brother, there is no reason for panic. We are doing our constitutional duties to protect lives and property.”
Akeredolu bribed lawmakers to question me —Dep gov
In his response, the embattled Deputy Governor accused Governor Akeredolu of the plot to question him.
Ajayi, in a press release by his Chief Press Secretary, Babatope Okeowo stated: “The consideration of the Deputy Governor of Ondo State has been drawn to the unlawful transfer by the embattled Governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu to question him by unlawful and unconstitutional means.
“The unlawful impeachment transfer could be carried out by monetary inducement of members of the Ondo State House of Assembly. At the second, the Ondo State House of Assembly complicated has been besieged by males of the Nigeria Police, whereas parliamentarians which might be recognized to not consider within the charade, are being prevented from coming into the complicated.
Ondo gov sacks Ajayi’s aides
While the alleged impeachment drama was taking part in out on the meeting, the state authorities in two separate statements introduced the sack of all of the aides of the deputy governor.
Ajayi reabsorbs sacked aides
But in a swift response to their sack, the deputy governor reappointed all of them as his aides.
Allegation is gross show of vacancy —Akeredolu
But reacting to the allegation of inducement by the governor, the state authorities, by the Information and Orientation Commissioner, Mr. Donald Ojogo stated: “This is the peak of perfidy, one other pernicious warp from an intellectually challenged and treacherous character.
“Knowledge can’t be procured, however solely be acquired. For anybody to aver that lawmakers have been financially induced is a gross show of vacancy.
“It turns into extra laughable when such comes from somebody who had boasted about having majority members within the Assembly.
“While the executive led by Mr. Akeredolu, SAN, does not believe in the inducement, it is left for our reputable Legislative Arm to either confirm or debunk this spurious allegation.”