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Gov. Akeredolu of Ondo State, sacks aide for addressing Deputy Gov’s wife as ‘acting First Lady’

Valentine Chinyem

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Rotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo State Governor, has sacked his Special Assistant on Political Matters, Mr Augustine Pelemo.

This was was made known in a statement issued by the Ondo state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo.

“This directive is with immediate effect and it underscores the need to instil sanity and nip in the bud divisive acts and tendencies inimical to the existing cordiality and cohesion in the administration led by the governor.

“While wishing him well in his future endeavours, Mr Governor further directs Pelemo to hand over every government property in his possession to the deputy chief of staff without further delay.”

Meanwhile, it was gathered that Pelemo was sacked as a result of the comments he made on Facebook while congratulating the wife of the Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs Ajewole Agboola, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday.

The sacked aide had described the deputy governor’s wife as “acting first lady.”

The source said, “He (Pelemo) wished the wife of the deputy governor, Mrs Agboola, a happy birthday, describing her as ‘acting first lady’ in his congratulatory message posted on Facebook. He must have described Mrs Agboola as the acting first lady when her husband is an acting governor.”

Pelemo on Sunday posted on his Facebook account “Happy birthday to the acting First Lady of Ondo State, Chief Mrs. Ajewole Agbola Ajayi. Long may you live ma.”

More so, a source further revealed that all may not be well between Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi.