Peter Dada

The defection saga in the cabinet of the Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, is still trending as some of the commissioners are still planning to resign from the cabinet and dump the All Progressives Congress, despite denial from the government and the cabinet members.

It was earlier reported in the media (not the SUNDAY PUNCH) that about 11 of the governor’s  aides were planning to dump the APC and join other political parties.

It was also reported that the aggrieved commissioners were taking the decision following their alleged marginisation by the governor.

The nine commissioners (names withheld) were also planning to dump the APC to enable them get the ticket of other political parties to contest elective positions in the 2019 general election, since they were not sure of getting the APC tickets.

However, the state government and the concerned commissioners had denied the allegation, saying that they were still loyal to Akeredolu.

But a source in the government told our correspondent that the denial of some of the commissioners was not genuine, confirming that the defection plan was still intact.

He added that many APC members in the state House of Assembly had also concluded plans to dump the party, saying many of them were sure of not getting the APC ticket to return to the House.

He said, “All is not well in the cabinet, apart from being marginalised by the governor, most of the commissioners are planning to contest the House of Representatives election and they are desperately seeking the ticket of the APC which is not sure because the governor has his own anointed candidates.

“I want to tell you that it is the APC primary in the state that will determine the next line of action for the aggrieved commissioners.  Some of them have been having secret talks with the PDP, LP and the SDP in the state to negotiate for their tickets.

“A tsunami may hit the party soon unless drastic action is urgently taken by the leadership of the party. Some members of the party in the House of Assembly too may leave any moment after the APC primary because they too have seen the unfavourable body language of the governor towards their political aspirations.”

In a reaction, however, the state chairman of the APC, Mr Ade Adetimehin, denied the allegation.

He said there was no problem in the party, adding that the leadership of the party had been ensuring justice and fairness to all members of the party, irrespective of their positions.

He said, “All the fake information are coming from the enemies of our party who want to cause confusion. But I know that all their evil plans against the party will not succeed because Governor Akeredolu is performing.

Similarly, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Akeredolu, Mr Segun Ajiboye, said there was no plan of defection among members of the cabinet of the governor.

“ To the best of my knowledge, nobody is leaving the government, we are working as a family, so all that you heard are not true,” he said.

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