By Emmanuel Oladesu, Deputy Editor and Otabor Osagie
9 chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are lobbying to exchange Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi, who’s dealing with impeachment costs earlier than the Home of Meeting.
The gladiators, who’re core members of “Group Aketi”, the political construction of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, are from the Ondo Senatorial District.
These eyeing the quantity two place are: the chairman of the Common Fundamental Training Board and former Training Commissioner Mrs. Oladunni Odu; Chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Growth Fee (OSOPADEC) Gbenga Edema; former member of the Niger Delta Growth Fee (NDDC) board and senatorial aspirant Fortunate Ayedatiwa; Commissioner for Training and youthful brother of former Governor Segun Agagu, Femi Agagu; Deputy Chief of Workers Jimi Kuforiji; Mrs. Olamide Falana and Commissioner for Water Sources Yetunde Adeyanju.
A supply stated Ayedatiwa, Agagu and Odu are the sturdy contenders, though some occasion chieftains are additionally rooting for Finance Commissioner Wale Akinterinwa.
In keeping with the supply, the jostling could have altered the permutations for the choice of operating mate for Akeredolu, who’s searching for a second time period.
Initially, some occasion leaders have steered Dr. Paul Akinterinwa, his 2012 operating mate for the job.
Celebration insiders additionally confided that some governorship aspirants from the South are additionally eyeing the operating mate slot, following the adoption of the oblique mode of main, which the governor is more than likely to win.
They’re stated to be mounting pressures on credible occasion leaders who’ve the ears of Akeredolu to think about them for the slot.
The foyer for the deputy governor has intensified, following the graduation of impeachment proceedings towards Ajayi by the Home of Meeting.
Additionally, a significant disaster has engulfed the Meeting, following the suspension of three lawmakers who’re sympathetic to the embattled deputy governor.
The Chief Choose could also be mandated to represent a seven-man panel to research the allegations towards Ajayi, the supply stated.
Ajayi, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) three weeks in the past, was served with an impeachment discover by 14 lawmakers three days in the past over alleged monetary recklessness, misconduct and incitement to violence.
Yesterday, the Clerk of the Home of Meeting, Adeyelu Micheal Bode, confirmed that the deputy governor had been served with an impeachment discover.
The Clerk stated the discover was served on July 7, the identical day the lawmakers issued the impeachment discover, including that Ajayi had obtained the discover.
The allegations levelled towards him included gross misconduct, abuse of workplace with actions more likely to deliver down the state authorities, monetary recklessness, abandonment of workplace, official responsibility and different assignments, and maligning credibility of the Home with false allegations of money inducement.
Others are his defection to the PDP regardless of being elected on the platform of the APC, incitement of the general public towards the federal government and fascinating in acts more likely to trigger a breach of peace within the state.
In keeping with the discover, “Pursuant to the provisions of Sections 188(2b) of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), the Honorable Home resolved that your Excellency ought to be availed with a duplicate of the Discover so that you can reply to the allegations include therein.
“By this decision, a duplicate of the discover of the allegations with supporting paperwork are hereby forwarded to your Excellency on your response.”
An aide to Ajayi, who pleaded anonymity, insisted that his boss has not been served with any discover.
The deputy governor had earlier advised reporters that he would reply to the allegations after the service, stressing that the impeachment plot would fail.
Additionally yesterday, 9 lawmakers, who’re loyal to the deputy governor, dissociated themselves from the impeachment. Three of them have been suspended.
The suspended lawmakers are Deputy Speaker Iroju Ogundeji; Favour Tomemowo and Wale Williams. One other anti-impeachment lawmaker, Sulaiman Maito, resigned as Majority Chief, following feelers that the APC management was perfecting plans to kick him out.
These jostling to exchange the deputy governor are oiling their foyer machineries and intensifying consultations with crucial stakeholders within the occasion.
A celebration chieftain from the North District, who craved for anonymity, stated: “All of the lobbyists are from the Southern district they usually have enlisted the companies of trusted allies of Governor Akeredolu.”
The supply added: “That is politics; you don’t await the bullet to fulfill you, when you can establish it, and that’s the reason we gained’t relaxation till the deputy governor is impeached as a result of we now have credible proof towards him.
“There are extra certified personalities within the South who’re able to take up the battle as soon as Agboola is impeached. We can’t be dragged again by one man who has completed the occasion within the South as a result of he was having his personal agenda.
“So, identical to Abena (former Secretary to Authorities Ifedayo Abegunde) who was changed inside 24 hours, as soon as the person goes, the following deputy shall be sworn in nearly instantly.
“The one unlucky challenge across the state of affairs is that, other than lobbying, the gladiators are already locked in rivalry.”
The ruling occasion, which is silent on the race for Ajayi’s job, is sustaining a eager curiosity within the impeachment proceedings.