SWITZERLAND, JUNE 21 – The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Agboola Ajayi may have been detained by the police over his alleged defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP).
According to media reports, Ajayi was detained on Saturday night for several hours by the state commissioner of police, Bolaji Salami.
In a video seen by Today’s Echo, the commissioner was heard saying “ you are already defecting, even your letter was brought to me this evening , you are defecting on Monday”.
The deputy governor interjected and asked how his decision to defect was a concern of the Police commissioner. He said: “Are you not a police officer, a senior officer, if I decide to leave a party for another, what’s your concern, are you the APC chairman, are you the PDP chairman.”
Today’s Echo gathers that Governor Akeredolu and his Deputy, Agboola Ajayi have been involved in a lingering conflict that may have culminated in the latter dumping the APC for the PDP.
In August 2019 he released a statement through his spokesman, Babatope Okeowo denying plans to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“This is a blatant falsehood as Agboola Ajayi remains a bonafide member of the APC and has no plan to dump the party for any rival political party.” the statement said.
In a bid to ensure that his political ambition was kept in secrecy, Ajayi again dismissed reports of a rift between him and his boss while speaking at his (Ajayi’s) 51st birthday celebration at the Ondo State Government House, Akure.
According to the Deputy Governor, he has the best working relationship with his boss.
See video below: