- The ruling APC in Ondo state has lost one of its key members to the PDP
- Samuel Olorunwa Ajayi, the chairman of the party in Ese Odo local government area of the state, formally joined PDP on Friday, July 10
- Ajayi, however, did not give the reason for his defection to the opposition party
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Less than two weeks to the conduct of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Ondo state, the ruling party has suffered a big blow.
Legit.ng reports that the chairman of the party in Ese Odo local government area of Ondo state, Samuel Olorunwa Ajayi, has officially tendered his resignation letter to the party and ceased to be a member of APC in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the deputy speaker of Ondo state House of Assembly, Irioju Ogundeji, and another member of the House, Adewale Williams, were suspended by the leadership of the Assembly.
It was reported that both lawmakers were among the nine lawmakers that kicked against impeachment move against the deputy governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi.
In another report, it was gathered that 14 members of the state Assembly wanted Ajayi impeached.
It was reported that the lawmakers accused the deputy governor of gross misconduct, abuse of office with actions likely to bring down state government, financial recklessness, abandonment of office, official duties and other assignments, the altercation with the state's commissioner of police.
The lawmakers also alleged that Ajayi's actions on Sunday, June 21, could cause a breach of peace, adding that he attempted to incite the citizens against the state government and made false claims against the state House of Assembly.
They made reference to a publication dated Tuesday, June 23, by his sacked aide, Babatope Okeowo.
According to the lawmakers, Okeowo maligned the credibility of the legislative arm of government with false allegations of cash inducement.
The lawmakers also hinged their impeachment move on a petition from the Ondo state chapter of the APC on the alleged defection of the deputy governor to the PDP.
Ajayi defected to the PDP and he was cleared to participate in the party's governorship primary.
The deputy governor may want to use his position to further weaken the ruling party while he builds his new political home, the PDP. A key example was his recent desperation to take over the governance of the state from Governor Rotimi Akeredolu after he tested positive for Covid-19.
He had even given the governor the ultimatum to hand over to him before the latter announced that he had recovered and tested negative for the disease seven days after he was confirmed positive.
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