Report indicates that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s continued absence from office is causing internal wranglings in the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
According to the report, some party members have raised concerns over the way the government is being run by some cabinet members, especially since the sudden disappearance of the Governor from the State.
Things are said to have further degenerated since the Governor proceeded on his annual vacation, while his Deputy, Agboola Ajayi, is presumed to have taken over in acting capacity.
Since the annual vacation of the Governor was announced through a circular distributed to government officials, allegations have been rife that a cabal took over the reins of government instead, shutting out the Deputy Governor from governance.
The circular had read to all MDAs that, “Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, would be on a 9-working day vacation with effect from Monday, September 23rd, 2019 to Friday 4th October 2019, as the second installment of his year 2019 annual leave. Mr. Governor has directed that the Deputy Governor perform the functions of his office while on vacation”.
There are allegations that all through the period, the Deputy Governor was shut out while subordinates had a field day.
Also, since the vacation period lapsed, Governor Akeredolu has neither resumed his duties nor seen anywhere in public.
Amid the confusion caused by Governor Akeredolu’s absence, news is making the rounds that the Governor is critically ill and travelled out of the State to seek medical attention overseas.
A source within the Ondo Government was quoted as saying: “the Governor was actually ill and was flown out of the country. But he is back, he has only been confined in Abuja for recuperation”.
According to the source, only very few members of his cabinet are granted access to see him.
The Governor was recently expected to be at his maternal uncle, late High Chief Sunday Adeyemi‘s burial at Igbotu, Ese-Odo Local Government Area of the State, but was conspicuously absent.
A Chieftain of the APC, Mr. Tolu Babaleye, while speaking on the situation said: “I challenge anyone to tell the world in truth if Aketi had been seen in any public function in either Abuja or Akure since his date of purported resumption”.
Meanwhile, the Ondo state government has dismissed rumours suggesting Governor Akeredolu has been hospitalised.
The State Commissioner for information and national orientation, Donald Ojogo said the rumour is false.
Speaking to Journalists, the Commissioner said the Governor is on annual vacation and has since returned to Abuja adding that those spreading the rumours do not mean well for the State.