Fresh Crisis Looms In Ondo As Akeredolu Sacks All Deputy Governor's Media Aides


Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked all the media aides attached to the office of his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Akeredolu, who handed over to his deputy when he embarked on three months medical leave to Germany, returned to the country this week.

In his absence, there was a cold war between Aiyedatiwa and some loyalists of the governor.

The deputy, who has his eyes on the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial ticket for next year’s election, also had issues with some party chieftains.

Apparently reacting to rumours associated to his perceived rift with the governor, Aiyedatiwa had pledged loyalty to Akeredolu earlier in the day.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Mr Kenneth Odusola-Stevenson, the deputy governor had said no amount of fabricated lies would turn him against his boss.

Hours after issuing this statement, Akeredolu disbanded the media crew of his deputy 

In a statement on Tuesday, Akeredolu asked all the aides to submit all the government properties in their possession to the actng permanent secretary in the office of the deputy governor.

The governor in a statement, issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, listed the affected aides as the 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.

“All media aides appointed by the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON, and seconded to the office of the deputy Governor, have been relieved of their appointments with immediate effect.

“Similarly, the Press Crew attached to the office of the deputy governor has been disbanded.

“Consequently, all members of the Press Crew are to report back to their various ministries and stations,” the statement read.

Akeredolu, however, directed the Ministry of Information and Orientation to provide adequate coverage for the activities of the deputy’s governor office henceforth.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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