Sunday, April 5, 2015 8:59 am
For allegedly encouraging their boss to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Nigeria’s Ondo State, has reportedly ordered the stoppage of salaries and allowances to all aides of Alhaji Ali Olanusi, the Deputy Governor of the state.
Governor Mimiko, a member of the Labour Party, LP, had defected from the party with the Deputy Governor and members of the State House of Assembly to the PDP.
The Nation quoted a source in the government as confirming the action of the governor and further reported that Mimiko had allegedly initially ordered the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Isaac Eke, to withdraw all the security aides of Olanusi, in addition to preventing him from having access to all official vehicles attached to the Office of the Deputy Governor.
The report quoted sources as saying once General Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner on Tuesday by the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, the Police Commissioner immediately restored Olanusi’s security details, while he also allowed him access to all his official cars.
“You know Olanusi’s defection came as a rude shock to the governor. He never believed the man would defect to APC, because as at Tuesday before the presidential election, both of them and other PDP leaders were all present at the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan’s rally in Akure.
“The governor does not forgive people easily, but Olanusi is well prepared for the huge task ahead. Immediately the information reached the governor that his deputy had defected, he directed the Commissioner of Police to withdraw all the security personnel attached to the office of the deputy governor and also grounded all the vehicles belonging to the office.
“The CP, however, returned all the security men attached to the deputy governor on Tuesday once it was clear that President Goodluck Jonathan had lost the election. But the governor is not giving up.
“He has given a directive that the salaries of all aides of his deputy should be stopped. This is Mimiko’s political style,” The Nation quoted the source as saying.
It added that the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Deputy Governor, Daisi Ajayi, confirmed that his boss’ security details and vehicles were withdrawn before it was restored on Tuesday just as he further confirmed that there was a directive from the governor to stop the allowances and salaries of all the political aides working with the Deputy Governor.