The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi, has insisted he would not step down from his position, no matter the intimidation he receives.
Ajayi had dumped the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but eventually ended up in the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
He contested the October 10 governorship election under ZLP and finished third. After the election, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu called on him to resign as Deputy Governor. However, a statement signed by Ajayi’s Media Adviser, Allen Sowore, in Akure dispelled the rumour that his principal was planning to resign this week.
It read: “The news that Ondo State Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi is set to resign this week by some national newspapers is false and a figment of the imagination of the writers.
“The Deputy Governor was elected together with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN by the good people of Ondo State in 2016.
“That four years mandate given to both men will not end until 23rd February 2021.
“The news of his impending resignation is being sponsored by the governor through the propaganda machinery and machinations of Ondo State Ministry of Information as a subterfuge in preparation for a macabre plan to put the deputy governor’s forged signature on a prepared resignation letter.
“The general public should be wary of these latest antics and desperation of the Governor to remove his Deputy by all means and at any cost illegally.
“The people of Ondo State, who voted for Agboola Ajayi as Deputy Governor in 2016 have not asked him to resign or quit the government.”
It added that; “Therefore, he has no reason whatsoever to relinquish the people’s mandate, which of course is limited by term/time, democratically bestowed upon him.”