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ONDO: Ajayi, highest paid deputy governor, earns N13m per month — Akeredolu

THE candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the Ondo State governorship election and incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Thursday, broke his silence on why his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, defected to another party.

Akeredolu said Ajayi was so consumed by his ambition that he could not wait for his time.

The governor said this on a programme on the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation in Akure, the state capital.

Governor Akeredolu noted that he gave Ajayi, the latitude to operate, but he later betrayed him.

He said, “Agboola (Ajayi) does not want to wait for his time. I made him comfortable; I asked him to represent me at so many places, but some people were warning me;I said they should leave him alone.

“No deputy governor has collected what he was collecting in the history of the state. I gave him N13m monthly; his predecessors did not collect as much as that. No deputy governor collects as much as that in Nigeria. I gave him enough room to operate, yet he betrayed me.”

Akeredolu, however, said he was ready to forgive all his detractors, saying as a Christian, he would not begrudge anyone.

Expressing optimism about his chances in the October 10 governorship election, Akeredolu stated, “We have been doing our best for this state; all the abandoned projects of the past administration have been completed.

“We have rehabilitated and constructed over 700 primary schools in this state; we have improved our education system. We have received a loan to complete the abandoned Owena Water project and we will do it. We are also working on five dams; there are so many things in our plans to do for the state.”

Ajayi is the Zenith Labour Party, (ZLP) candidate in the October governorship election.

He defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in June. He contested the primary election with Eyitayo Jegede and lost.

After the defeat he said he fought a good fight and defected to ZLP, the party where Mimiko calls the shot, and was given the governorship ticket without primary election.

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