Agboola Ajayi, the Ondo State Deputy Governor, has said Governor Rotimi Akeredolu must hand over to him if he remains in self isolation for up to 21 days.
Allen Sowore, Ajayi’s media aide, said his principal has been praying for Akeredolu’s recovery but the constitution has to be obeyed.
“Refusal and failure of Mr Governor to hand over the running of government to his deputy while in self-isolation and temporarily incapacitated would underscore his absolute disregard for the rule of law, spite on the people and a direct assault on the provisions of the constitution, which he swore to uphold.
“Not only that, his deliberate obstacles to ensure that government continues to run while he’s in self-isolation as a result of the fact that he has tested positive for COVID-19 puts lip service to his hypocritical war against the ravaging pandemic.
“Our candid advice is that the energy dissipated to pull down the office and person of the Deputy Governor should be channelled towards resolving the lingering crisis in the health sector, particularly the current strike embarked on by medical practitioners in the state in the middle of this pandemic,” Sowore said.
Akeredolu has been in isolation after contacting COVID-19 some days ago. He has had a running battle with Ajayi, who decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last week.