The Ondo State Government under the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu led administration has filed a petition to the Nigerian police following the alleged refusal of former deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi to return official vehicles assigned to his former office.
The alleged bad blood between governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu and his estranged former deputy, Agboola Ajayi seem not to be ending anytime soon as the state government has made a second attempt to recover all government assets in the possession of the former deputy governor.
It will be recalled that governor of Ondo State, Akeredolu had in an earlier statement sought the return of all official vehicles allotted to Ajayi a few weeks after his inauguration as governor for a second term.
However, the alleged rift between these two may not be drawn far from Ajayi’s ambition to unseat his then immediate boss, Akeredolu by running for governor against the wish of Akeredolu, a bid that was dashed after the recent gubernatorial elections in the state.
Senior Special Assistant to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr. Doyin Odebowale, who signed the petition, revealed that he has been instructed by the state to recover all government vehicles assigned to former government officials particularly members of the immediate past administration.
The vehicles are a Land Cruiser SUV, two New Toyota Hilux and a Toyota Hilux.
Dr. Odebowale has disclosed that the instruction has come due to need to equip the new deputy governors with the said cars.
The petition read:
We lodge this complaint believing that you will use your good offices to look into this brazen act of conversion, and this is being charitable.
“Any person who keeps/detains the property of another with the intent to deprive the owner, permanently, of the usufruct right conferred therefrom, has committed an offence known in law as STEALING.
“This office undertakes to assist the Command with regard to the necessary logistics to recover the converted properties.
After a press release by the state government, instructing the former deputy governor of the state to return all official vehicles, Agboola has since reacted, saying he is yet to get any notification to that effect from the state government.