THE Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa reaffirmed his devotion to his principal and state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Aiyedatiwa was in charge of the Sunshine State while Akeredolu was receiving treatment in Germany for an unexplained ailment.
Aiyedatiwa stated in a statement today that recent rumors regarding his alleged disloyalty to Akeredolu were false and intended to sow discord between him and the governor.
According to the deputy governor, the reports were propagated by nameless organisations and individuals in the state in order to smear his reputation for political reasons.
“The deputy governor remains loyal to his principal and no amount of fabricated lies will change that,” the statement signed by Aiyedatiwa’s spokesman, Kenneth Odusola-Stevenson, read.
“We need to remind the public that this is a continuation of the blackmail started by these same characters some months ago, with false stories planted in some media outlets against the deputy governor. However, since those lies did not yield the result they envisaged, the blackmailers have returned with fake stories about disloyalty, aimed at causing disaffection between him and the governor.
“These faceless individuals who have been hiding their identities because what they are putting out are pure fabrications, are being sponsored by those who are threatened by the profile of the deputy governor, his relationship with his boss, and the goodwill he enjoys with the people.”
The deputy governor further indicated that he was in frequent communication with his principal about official state topics and that there was no disagreement between them.
Meanwhile, Akeredolu has dismantled his deputy’s media team, ordering all members of the press team to report to their respective ministries and stations.
According to a statement issued by the governor’s spokesman, Richard Olatunde, the sack is effective immediately.
He also directed the appointees to turn over all government property in their control to the Acting Permanent Secretary, Deputy Governor’s Office.
The deputy governor also stated that he was in constant touch with his principal on official state matters and there was no gap between them.
The affected aides include Press Secretary to the Governor, Kenneth Odusola; Special Assistant to Governor (New Media) Okunniga Oladipupo; and Special Assistant to the Governor (Photography) Abayomi Samson Adefolalu.