Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko, on Monday sacked three of his special assistants with immediate effect.
The aides, according to a statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, are Messrs Adesoji Ojomo, Chris Anota and Kayode Agunloye.
Akinmade said Mimiko took the decision following reports of dereliction of duty levelled against the aides.
He said, “There have been various reports concerning the activities of the sacked aides which negate the principle of the Dr. Olusegun Mimiko’s administration.
“There have been reports of the activities of the aides which cast aspersions on the government and portray it in bad light, hence their dismissal.
“Three aides were dismissed for dereliction of duty, absconding and engaging in acts that cast aspersion on the government as well as portray it in bad light.”
Meanwhile, Gallop Polls Nigeria Limited has said about 77 per cent of respondents in its week-long opinion poll prefer Mimiko to other candidates for the October 20 governorship election in the state.
Principal Consultant in the firm, Chief Anthony Chigbo, while briefing journalists on the result, said 11, 164 respondents out of the 14, 500 that participated in the exercise, voted for Mimiko, who is seeking a second term in office.
Chigbo said 1,420 respondents, about 9.8 per cent, voted for the Action Congress of Nigeria candidate, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, while 1, 230, about 8.5 per cent, voted for the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Chief Olusola Oke.
He added that 150 respondents, representing 1.0 per cent, voted for the candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, Mr. Soji Ehinlanwo, while 276 respondents, about 1.9 per cent, preffered other candidates.