- Governor Akeredolu has sacked Allen Sowore, the media aide to the embattled deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi
- Ajayi defected from APC to PDP after months of political rivalry between him and his boss
- Akeredolu asked Sowore to submit all the government’s property in his possession to the chief of staff to the governor
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As the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo continues, the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has relieved Allen Sowore, the special assistant on new media to the embattled deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, of his appointment with immediate effect.
The Nation reports that this was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, June 23, in Akure by the chief press secretary to the governor, Olusegun Ajiboye, and made available to newsmen.
Legit.ng gathered that the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ajayi had been at loggerheads with his boss, Akeredolu, for some time before he finally resigned from the APC and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ajayi, however, maintains that he remains the deputy governor of the state in spite of his leaving the APC.
The statement advised Sowore to submit all government’s property in his possession to the chief of staff to the governor.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the deputy governor of Ondo state announced the resignation of his membership of the ruling party on Sunday, June 21.
It was reported that the Ondo deputy governor broke his bond with the ruling party following months of prolonged political feuds between him and his principal, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Agboola has since pitched his tents with the main opposition party, PDP, after tendering his resignation letter at APC Ward 2, Apoi in Ese-Odo local government area of Ondo state.
Agboola and his boss have been at loggerheads over the control of the state with their relationship becoming frosty following Governor Akeredolu's declaration to seek re-election.
The rift between the governor and his deputy heightened on Saturday, June 20, as Governor Akeredolu allegedly stopped Agboola from leaving Ondo state House with the government's vehicles.
Agboola, who is interested in governing the state, is said to have obtained the PDP nomination form and is expected to officially declare his interest ahead of the primary election.
The deputy governor has also been reaching out to top hierarchies of PDP in Ondo state in a deal that will see other frontline aspirants peacefully bow out.
Permutations are similarly ongoing to pair Ajayi, who has fallen down the pecking order with Akeredolu, with Eyitayo Jegede, another political strongman in Ondo state.
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