Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has taken the decision to dismiss media aides assigned to the deputy governor with immediate effect.
According to a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, the affected aides have been instructed to return all government properties they have in their possession to the acting Permanent Secretary of the Deputy Governor’s Office.
The decision to terminate their appointments is reportedly due to insubordination and a blatant disregard for authority. It is alleged that the deputy governor’s photographer publicly disrespected the governor on his WhatsApp status, with evidence of this screenshot in possession of the governor’s team. The deputy governor’s press secretary was also investigated, and findings suggested that he had been involved in planting stories against the governor.
The affected media aides include:
Press Secretary to the Governor, Kenneth Odusola
Special Assistant to the Governor (New Media), Okunniga Oladipupo
Special Assistant to the Governor (Photography), Abayomi Samson Adefolalu.
The statement reads:”All media aides appointed by the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON, and seconded to the office of the deputy Governor, have been relieved of their appointments.
“They are to submit all government properties in their possession to the Permanent Secretary, Office of the deputy Governor.
“Similarly, the Press Crew attached to the office of the deputy governor has been disbanded.
“Consequently, all members of the Press Crew are to report back to their various ministries and stations.
“Equally, the ministry of Information and Orientation is directed to provide adequate coverage for the activities of the deputy governor office henceforth.”