The deputy governor of Ondo state ,Agboola Ajayi has described as untrue news that he is eyeing for the top job of NDDC as baseless and ‘lacking merit. ’
In a statement issued through his deputy chief press secretary, Leke Akeredolu, Agboola said he was satisfied as the second man of Ondo state.
The statement said “Our attention has been drawn to a sponsored news story published by The Nigerian Tribune on Sunday, 16th of June, 2019 with the headline: APC leaders battle for NDDC MD slot: Tinubu, Oshiomhole, Amaechi push for candidates from their zones •Ondo dep gov, Oke battle for slot.
The said report wherein the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon Agboola Ajayi was alleged to be gunning for the top job of NDDC is baseless and lacking in merit.
The sponsors of this news story, who are disgruntled politicians, are merely interested in blackmailing the Deputy Governor for the purpose of heating up the polity ahead of 2020 governorship election in Ondo State.
Agboola Ajayi cannot be sneezing and also be whispering at the same time. He is contented with his current position as the elected Deputy Governor of the state.
We also see the published news story as an attempt to pitch the Deputy Governor against his boss, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and to finally cause disaffection between them.
Let me clearly state that the Deputy Governor has neither lobby, nor has the intention to become the Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
It is bewildering and laughable that those behind the news story would alleged that Agboola Ajayi has been making secret consultations with his alleged associates without the knowledge of his boss, Arakunrin Akeredolu.
We are challenging these “busybody politicians” to come out with evidences or desist from causing acrimony between the governor and his deputy.
We will like to inform the general public that the same set of politicians peddling the rumours about the purported resignation of the Deputy Governor to contest against his boss in 2020, are the same set of people behind NDDC published news story.
We are aware that these same set of rascals, had one time attempted to criminally forge the signature of the Deputy Governor for their selfish gains.
Let me use this medium to clear the air that there is no crisis between the Deputy Governor and the Governor. Agboola Ajayi is a loyal servant, who is committed to the vision and mission of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu led’s administration.
Also, the good people of Ondo State should be reminded that on several occasions, the Deputy Governor had made it known to the public that he will give necessary supports to his boss, Akeredolu if he seeks reelection
We however, call on the people of Ondo State and prominent political leaders to continue to ignore this rabble rousers who are hellbent on creating crisis where none exist. ” Ajayi said.
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