There was drama on Saturday night at the Ondo State Government House in Alagbaka, Akure after the Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi was prevented from leaving the Government House by the Commissioner of Police, Salami Bolaji.
The Deputy Governor who was alleged to have looted government property from his lodge in his bid to take them to his personal house within the state capital was prevented from leaving.
There are speculations that this is not unconnected to his planned defection from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that is expected to take place on Sunday.
In a video sighted on Daily Post, the deputy governor was seen exchanging words with the Commissioner of Police, Salami Bolaji at the gate of the Government House as he was prevented from leaving. He said it was unfortunate that the police were being used in the ongoing political battle in the state.
It was learnt that the security operatives were acting out the order of the Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
Confirming the development, Mr Babatope Okeowo, the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, said the incident of Saturday has worsened the crisis between Mr Akeredolu and Mr Ajayi.
He said the deputy governor was prevented from leaving his official quarters over an allegation that he was planning to dump the APC for the PDP.
Mr Ajayi said the incident happened in the presence of two members of the House of Assembly, Mr Festus Akingbaso and Mr Rasheed Elegbeleye.
‘Ajayi was taken hostage for hours at the governor’s house gate despite the fact that he enjoys immunity under the Constitution of Nigeria,’ Mr Okeowo said.
Narrating the development, the deputy governor’s spokesman said: “The security officers led by the Chief Security Officer (CSO) told the deputy governor that he could not move his vehicles out of the government’s house because it was late.
“He said the deputy governor should come back on Sunday if he wanted to remove any of his vehicle outside the government premises.
“The deputy governor, however, insisted that he would not leave the gate back to his official quarters unless they allow him to remove his official and personal vehicles out of the government’s house.
“The two gates to the government’s house were under lock and key while the stern-looking policemen were positioned at the gate to prevent the deputy governor from leaving the premises.
“The deputy governor and lawmakers representing Idanre and Akoko North-East constituencies were left at the gate of the government’s house for more than four hours.
“The deputy governor, however, said he wanted to remove his official vehicles out of the government’s house because he no longer feels secure in the premises.
“He alleged that suspected political thugs have been detailed to attack him and vandalised his property at the government house once he declared for the rival political party.
“However, the deputy governor expressed disappointed with the conduct of the Commissioner of Police and the men posted to the government house. He said the conduct of the police boss is unbecoming of a senior police officer.”