Despite being in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, the Ondo State governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, on Friday, vowed not to transmit power to his deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi.
Akeredolu, however, maintained that he would be discharging his official duties and responsibilities from home where he is being isolated without any hindrance.
Speaking through the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, he said transmitting power to Ajayi would amount to setting the state and governance on fire.
Ojogo stated that the deputy governor has seized to be a member of the party and left governance in the state but only remain in government with no active role to play again.
According to him, COVID -19 should not be seen as a death sentence but a disease that can be managed and the governor is being attended to and responding to treatment while he continues to work for his isolation.
He said there is no need for transmitting power to any particular person when the governor is still active and can work from home.
Ojogo said “Mr Governor will not be advised to hand over to his deputy, it is not done because there is no reason for that.
“The deputy governor has since left our party and has since left governance, even though he has not left government.
“You cannot hand over the government to someone who has left governance, or handover the rein of government to someone who attempted to pull down the government.
“In any case, those of us in government and believe strongly in this government see the deputy governor as the greatest threat to good governance in Ondo state and you can’t attempt to handover to people like that. Agboola Ajayi is the greatest threat to this government.”
Ojogo, who recalled the political saga of 1983 in the state, said “I don’t know how we got into this and what we witnessed in 1983, the level of treachery that was deployed against late Adekunle Ajasin, except for those who have the opportunity to witness what we are seeing in Ondo state, one may be tempted to say that was the height or nothing could surpass level of treachery but what we are seeing today represents the fact that what Omoboriowo did in 1983 was a child play compare to what Agboola Ajayi is doing now.
“You don’t rock a boat that has taken you across the ocean, so it is a non-issue and we are not even considering handing over to Agboola Ajayi and I know as a matter of fact that no one who believes in good governance in the state will even advise Akeredolu to hand over to his deputy. What would be the compelling reason when governance is not grounded
“He has created an unusual scenario upon which he wanted to climb to his next political ladder and we have already seen as a misadventure, we cannot toy with what we have built over the years, we cannot risk it and attempt to hand over to someone who has exhibited a mindless level of betrayal and an unquestionable level of treachery.”