Governor of Ondo State,Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has expressed displeasure over unreturned vehicles attached to his former deputy, Agboola Ajayi when he was in office.
Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale, the governor who said it is reprehensible for Nigerians to condone the practice by elected officials or political appointees to take government properties away when leaving office, added that he would press charges against Agboola and other former political appointees who failed to return government properties in their possession.
“He has no right to steal if we want to use the proper name. Why does the former Deputy Governor he think he merits those vehicles and others do not?
“Those vehicles are public properties. We have to stop this impunity. It is not only the Deputy Governor alone but all other political appointees. This madness must stop.
“So they want to take the vehicles away and then we will use taxpayers money to buy new ones. There are many of them yet to return vehicles. Some have returned but others are still feigning they thought they will be reappointed.
“We are waiting for the Police to act on the petition. We will press charges against them. Agboola no longer enjoys immunity; we will press charges against him. He should return those vehicles. Are we now going to buy vehicles for the new Deputy Governor?
“All these things are pure stealing. We have to challenge these people. If Agboola refuses to comply we will press charges.
“At the end of Akeredolu’s first term, we sent letters to all political appointees to return government properties because nobody was sure of coming back.
“We are going to unleash security agencies on all of them. They made calls to Agboola and he promised to comply but later he started barring their calls,” he said.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police in Ondo, Salami Bolaji has confirmed receipt of the petition.
Speaking through the police spokesperson, ASP Tee-Leo Ìkoro, Salami said he has directed an investigation into the petition.
TOS News reported in March that Ondo State Government has asked immediate past Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon Agboola Ajayi, to return official vehicles in his possession.
Agboola who served in the first term of Governor Akeredolu; he contested under the platform of the Zenith Labour Party but lost the election.