Fear grips political appointees in Ondo as Aiyedatiwa takes charge

Aliya Moses
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Former political aides to the late governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, have hurriedly tendered their resignation letters, citing their loyalty to him.

They include a commissioner, Special Advisers, and Assistants appointment by the late Governor Akeredolu.

This is coming as the new governor, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa took charge of the affairs of the state after being sworn in as the seventh civilian governor of the state on Wednesday by the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola.

The aides hinged their decision to resign on the demise of their benefactor, the late Governor Akeredolu.

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But findings by reporters revealed that the fear of being dropped by the new governor was the reason behind their actions.

A reliable source told Newsmen that ” those throwing in the towel, were just being clever by half. They knew the parts they played during the crisis.

“They’re only afraid of what’s to come. They knew that the new governor would soon reshuffle the cabinet, hence they threw in the towel.

“They were just being jittery. They don’t want to be disgraced by being dropped by the governor ahead of changes that would eventually come.

“So they played a fast one by resigning even on the exact day the new governor was sworn in.

It was pre-planned. It’s like they wrote the letters before the death of Governor Akeredolu and when it happened, they just signed it and inserted the dates.

They are being hunted by their past. They didn’t support the new governor becoming the acting governor not to talk of becoming the substantive governor.

“Now that God has vindicated Aiyedatiwa and he has been elevated, they can’t stand working under him.

Why we resigned – sources

However, one of those who resigned confided in the newsmen that they had no choice but to resign because of their loyalty to the late governor Akeredolu.

According to him” Nobody should expect us to have a divided loyalty. Our loyalty is to Akeredolu even until death.

“There’s no doubt even if the new governor don’t victimise us, his supporters would victimise us if we remain in government.

“I think the best thing to do in such a situation is to resign and allow the new governor to empower those he used to discredit the late governor when he was still alive. They’re his foot soldiers. Let’s see how far they can go.

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“We’ve no apology for being loyal to Governor Akeredolu, he was our benefactor and he remains.

I think the new governor should get down to serious business and shut his door to all those sycophants milling around him looking for patronage.

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