By OLA AJAYI
IBADAN — The political rivalry between the former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, and the incumbent, Governor Abiola Ajimobi deepened, yesterday, as the governor announced the sack of all political appointees nominated by the ex-governor.
Affected by this sack are two commissioners, two special advisers, some chairmen and members of boards, caretaker chairman of a local government, among others.
Ajimobi said he was pushed to the wall by alleged “corrosive statements” and uncomplimentary remarks by Ladoja, despite the accommodation of his nominees in his government.
Ladoja, as leader of Accord Party and Ajimobi of Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, had entered into a pact to work together at the inception of the administration, but things went sour along the line with the duo throwing banters at each other.
Ajimobi conveyed the sack of Ladoja’s nominees in a letter he wrote to him.
In the letter, the governor traced the history of his alliance with the former governor and how, in the last few months, Ladoja had allegedly consistently broken the tenets of the accord by casting aspersion on a government in which he vicariously participated, through his nominees and proxies, which included his younger brother.
Ajimobi said: “Immediately after the 2011 election, because of the peculiar configuration of the electoral balance, it was obvious that, for the good of our state and its development, I needed to extend my handshake across other frontiers.
“You will recall also that after the elections, I met with you to ask for an alliance between your political party, Accord Party and my government.
“Regrettably, recent developments, in terms of the conduct of your people and the campaign of calumny which is recorded frequently in the newspapers, unsubstantiated allegations, as well as unwarranted vitriolic attacks against my person and the government under my leadership, have made me come to the conclusion that these recent campaigns against me are incompatible with the spirit of our alliance.
“It is in view of the foregoing that I am using this medium to inform you of my decision to disengage your nominees from the government.
“I feel constrained to take this painful but inevitable decision in view of our personal relationship.”
Ajimobi, in further deploring the attacks on his government by Ladoja and his group, said that being a beneficiary of the alliance, it was inconsistent with reality for the former governor to consistently run his administration down.
Among others, Ladoja had been quoted at campaign grounds to have said that his participation in the Ajimobi administration had shown the inadequacies of the government.
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