Seven appointees of the Governor attached to the Office of the Ondo State Deputy Governor have been relieved of their appointments. The Governor announced their disengagement through a press statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye.
The affected aides are:
- Mr Olomu Bayo, Special Assistant, Special Duties
- Mr. Olawale Abolade Mukaila, Special Assistant, Photography
- Mr. Babatope Okeowo, Deputy Chief Press Secretary
- Mr. Samuel Ogunmusi, Personal Assistant, (Deputy Governor)
- Mr. Omotunmise Tokunbo, Special Assistant to the wife of the Deputy Governor
- Mrs Erifeyiwa Shola Akinnugba, (Photography, wife of the Deputy Governor )
According to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ajiboye, the affected aides were invited to the office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor for a meeting on Tuesday, 23, June, 2020.
The essence of the meeting, he said , was to reassign the affected aides and give them further instructions.
“But it will surprise you that none of them turned up for the
meeting. As a matter of fact, one them sent a message that he would not be able to attend the meeting,” Ajiboye explained.
The failure of the aides to attend the meeting was said to left the authorities with little or no choice than to relieve them of their appointments.
“Their action is an affront on the authorities of their employers. The truth is that they chose the path they wanted by refusing to attend the meeting, hence their sack, “the CPS added.
Meanwhile, one of the aides who was earlier sacked, Allen Sowore who posted a reaction to his sack on his Facebook page, said he has been liberated, saying that he can not be cowed into the Akeredolu’s government.
When contacted on phone, one of the aides who pleaded anonymity said the Deputy governor ordered them not to attend any meeting summoned by Akeredolu or any of government officers.
The aide said; When we received notice of meeting with the chief of staff yesterday, we informed the deputy governor and he told us never to attend any meeting summoned by the chief of staff or even the Governor himself.
Another aide of the deputy Governor who replied to the message sent to his phone on why they refused to attend the meeting summoned by the chief of staff , said”i will never attend a meeting called by Akeredolu or his aides”