Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, said the state governor, Arakinrin Rotimi Akeredolu, was not planning to hand over to his estranged deputy, Agboola Ajayi, who recently moved to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Akeredolu announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had since gone into self-isolation without handing over to his deputy.
Ojogo stated in Akurr that it was a wishful thinking for the deputy governor to expect Governor Akeredolu to hand over to him.
According to him, “Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is working from self-isolation and in good health.”
The governor had since directed his commissioners and other aides to go for test to ascertain their respective COVID-19 status.
The handover controversy came on the heels of insistence by the deputy governor that the governor should hand over to him on the basis of his ill health.
The commissioner, in a chat with journalists, said “the governor is still performing his official duties. there is no such plan of handing over to the deputy governor,the governor is still agile.”
He said, “Though Mr Governor is on self-isolation, the government is not grounded. He is working from isolation, so the state cannot be grounded.
“The governor cannot hand over to the deputy, Agboola Ajayi. The deputy has left governance, though he is still in government. So, you cannot hand over to such a person.
“We are not considering that; no one will advise the governor to hand over to the deputy. Mr Governor is still strong enough to work.”