- Governor Akeredolu has revealed why some of his appointees left APC for another party
- The governor said his appointees were disappointed when they could not get free money
- Akeredolu described the resignation of some of them as good riddance to bad rubbish
Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo state has said that political appointees that felt disappointed with his administration were those who came into office believing that such appointments would aid the primitive acquisition of wealth.
The Nation reports that Akeredolu said none of his political appointees is owed any salaries and allowances.
Legit.ng gathered that he described the resignation of some of them as good riddance to bad rubbish.
Akeredolu spoke in Akure on Thursday, July 30, while swearing in a new commissioner for natural resources, Idowu Otetubi and a new special adviser entrepreneurship development, Summy Smart Francis.
Akeredolu said his administration would not succumb to any blackmail from those he termed harboured interests extraneous and injurious to the well-being of the people.
The Ondo governor stated that principal officers of his administration that resigned over alleged exclusion from governance have been unable to tell the people the truth
He insisted that any aspiration nursed by any person, which stood at variance with the collective interest of the mass of the people, would be discouraged without pretence.
“Extremely aware of the verdict of history, we shall ensure that only those who consider service first will be with us as we approach governance with the unanimity of purpose. The overriding interest of the people will continue to be our guiding principle in all our endeavours. We owe nobody any apology for adhering to this precept.
“We, on our part, will resist any attempt to distract us from achieving our set objectives. We shall not interfere in the affairs of the other arms of government. We shall pursue our mandate with courage till the end. Providence has frustrated all permutations designed to promote anarchy. We shall remain focused in the discharge of our responsibilities.
“Imbued with confidence in our ability to manage the scarce resources under our care, most prudently, we intend to present our scorecard to the electorate. These people have been clinging to all manner of primordial straws, ranging from ethnic and clannish to religious preferences while their actions confirm that they are, indeed, enemies of the very people for whom they purport to act.
“As things stand currently, the people expect a fresh and dignifying breather from the choking rot of the immediate past.
“However, there are other equally important assignments waiting for all those whose allegiance and preference for decency is not in doubt. We will not fail in ensuring that all those who merit considerations are engaged. We will not shut out any group on account of unprofitable partisanship which militates against amity and progress. Loyalty and diligence will be rewarded.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Ondo state deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, might leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) next week for the Zenith Labour Party.
It was reported the sources, whose names were not revealed, said he would join the ZLP which is positioning itself to be a third force in the state.
Ajayi resigned from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in June and contested at the PDP primary in July where he lost to Eyitayo Jegede.
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