Immediate past Deputy Governor of Ondo state, Agboola Ajayi, has agreed to return official vehicles in his possession to the state government.
In a statement he personally signed on Sunday, Agboola said his decision to return the government properties was based on the need to allow peace to reign in the state.
Part of the statement reads: “Recall that in my farewell message to the good people of Ondo State, on 24th February 2021, I wished Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and his deputy, Lucky Ayedatiwa, success in their administration.
“I stand by that. As a citizen of the state, it is in my interest and in the interest of all of us that this current administration demonstrates good governance, transparent policy-making, and effective change.”
The former deputy governor had said that he would not be returning the official vehicles in his possession.
In a statement by his media aide, Allen Sowore, Agboola said that he was entitled to two vehicles just like other former deputy governors in the state.
But the state government countered the claim of the former deputy governor saying that Agboola is not entitled to the vehicles.
The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said the state government found it amusing that Ajayi considered government official vehicles as pension packages.
Ojogo said the state was yet to pass and implement pension law for ex-governors and former deputy governors in the state.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the decision of Ajayi to back down from his earlier stance was due to the intervention of the police in the situation.
According to a source, who craved anonymity, the police command in the state had given Ajayi 48 hours to return the vehicles following a petition by the state government.