Vehicles: Akeredolu’s ex-deputy reacts as Ondo threatens prosecution

April 14, 2021
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 The Senior Special Assistant to Ondo State Governor on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale, on Wednesday said a former deputy governor of the state, Mr Agboola Ajayi, has no right to hold on to government vehicles.

Describing the vehicles as public property, Odebowale, in an interview with our correspondent, said the state government would put an end to impunity.

He said the government would not hesitate to press charges against the former deputy governor since he no longer enjoys immunity.

Odebowale said, “We are waiting for the police to act on the petition. We will press charges against them. Agboola no longer enjoys immunity, we will press charges against him. He should return those vehicles. Are we expected to buy vehicles for the new deputy governor?

“If Agboola refuses to comply we will press charges. At the end of Akeredolu’s first term, we sent letters to all political appointees to return government properties because nobody was sure of coming back.

“We are going to unleash security agencies on all of them. They made calls to Agboola and he promised to comply but later, he started barring calls. This is not decency and politics. Let Agboola return the vehicles or we will embarrass him thoroughly.”

But Ajayi’s media aide, Allen Sowore, said his principal was in possession of two official vehicles and not four as demanded to be returned by the state government.

Sowore said the former deputy governor had returned all vehicles in his possession on February 23, 2021, the day his tenure ended, except the two vehicles, a Toyota Land Cruiser and a Hilux Jeep.

He said Ajayi was entitled to those two vehicles just like other former deputy governors in the state.

He said, “The former deputy governor has joined senior citizens in this state. He should be accorded such respect.

 “On February 23, 2021 when his tenure ended, civil servants came and collect all government vehicles except a Land Cruiser and Hilux jeep which are part of his statutory benefit.

“He is to go home with those two vehicles. He is not holding onto any government vehicle. All other former deputy governors in this state are using government vehicles. Nobody should because of politics use indecent language on the former deputy governor.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Tee-Leo Ikoro, who confirmed the receipt of the petition from the state government, said the police would commence investigation.

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