- The crisis rocking Ondo state APC has continued as some party members accused governor Akeredolu of having unwholesome relationship with his predecessor Mimiko
- They also accuse the governor of employing and retaining loyalists of Mimiko in the person of the head of service and employing Dr Francis Akonbiemu, the newly appointed executive secretary of the state Primary Health Care Development
- Investigations however contradict position of the party members in the case of the HOS and Akonbiemu
The crisis in Ondo state ruling All Progressives Congress seems to be deepening as members of the party accused Governor Akeredolu of having unwholesome relationship with former governor Olusegun Mimiko.
Electorates in the state are said to be disappointed in the governor for having a good relationship with his predecessor Mimiko whom they believed should have been probed and exposed for many of his alleged sharp practices while he was governor of the state.
The governor was said to have shocked many of his supporters when he declared on assumption of office that his administration will not probe the previous administration despite the myriad of allegations leveled against the government of Mimiko.
The governor had argued then that probing Mimiko will be a distraction and sheer waste of time.
The governor's statement was said to be an unfortunate affair as many in the state allegedly voted for Akeredolu in hope that he will probe and bring Mimiko to justice.
Consequently, political observers in the state are said to be worried that the romance between Mimiko and Akeredolu was rather waxing stronger despite public rejection of the former governor at the last governorship election as evidenced by the failure of Eyitayo Jegede.
Jegede who was the political son of Mimiko was said to have been rejected by the electorates of the state because of his relationship with former governor.
According to political observers, many are worried about the influence of Mimiko in the administration of Akeredolu.
Some of the observers also accused Akeredolu of employing an anointed candidate of Mimiko, Dr Francis Akonbiemu who recently emerged as the new Executive Secretary of the Primary Health Care Development Board against the preferred candidate of the majority of the APC chieftains in the state.
They were also worried over the continuous stay in office of the Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Toyin Akinkuotu and some Permanent Secretaries in the service, who they tagged as staunch supporters of Mimiko.
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A source close to the administration was quoted to have said that: “We don’t know why Aketi will allow these people, who worked for Mimiko for eight years and who are die-hard fans of the former governor to remain in service. They are stylishly frustrating this government.
“I think, we now understand why the governor said he would not probe Mimiko’s administration.
“Many of us voted against Mimiko’s candidate, Jegede, not just because he (Jegede) is not credible but because we no longer want Mimiko’s influence on governance in the state.
“We decided to back Akeredolu because we knew him to be bold and that he will not allow godfather to rule over us.
"But reverse is the case now as he is presently wining and dining with Mimiko and the former governor has been determining those who should be in the cabinet or not.”
However, NAIJ.com's investigation revealed that Governor Akeredolu might not be guilty of some of the alleged 'sins' listed against him.
NAIJ.com gathered that the said Dr Francis Akonbiemu who was the alleged candidate of Mimiko for the position of executive secretary of the Primary Health Care Development Board came first in an interview conducted by the state civil service while the party candidate did not do well.
The selection was said to have consultants from World Health Organization as part of the interview process.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com further gathered that the current head of service in the state, Mr Toyin Akinkuotu is still in service and his position is subject to the mode of service obtained in the state civil service.
Akinkuotu, according to findings will retire from service in 2019 as he will clock 60 and would have spent 31 years in service.
NAIJ.com reported that at least ten thousand members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, July 9, reportedly dumped the party for the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kogi state.
The decampees were said to be from the five central senatorial axis in Okene.
The former PDP members were said to have been assured of fair treatment in the APC.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District on Monday, July 10, served a restraining order on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).