Aiyedatiwa Under Attack For Sacking Ogundele As Ondo HoS, Governor Reacts

Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa has come under fire for sacking the former Head of Service, Kayode Ogundele.

Recall that Aiyedatiwa recently appointed Bayo Philip appointed as the Acting Head of Service.

Reacting to the development, a group identified as Aketi Legacy Movement, accused the governor of plotting to erase the legacy of the late former Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu from the state.

In a statement signed by the publicity secretary of the Aketi Legacy Movement, Yomi Ayodele, “The recent announcement of the retirement of Mr. Kayode Ogundele, the Head of Service in Ondo State, has once again reinforced our belief that Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa is determined to erase every trace of the late Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s legacy.

“The official statement from the governor’s spokesperson Ebenezer Adeniyan claimed that Mr. Ogundele’s retirement was approved by the governor.

“However, this statement seems to mislead and deceive the people of Ondo State into believing that Mr. Ogundele voluntarily resigned, attained a retirement age of 60 years, or served the required number of service years.

“It is therefore crucial for the public to understand that Governor Aiyedatiwa sacked 57-year-old Ogundele as Head of Service. He only served for 30 years.

“It is even more disheartening that Governor Aiyedatiwa, who was expected to complete the late Akeredolu’s tenure, is rapidly eroding the legacy of the late governor.”

The group disclosed that Aiyedatiwa “replaced an Ikare man with Mr. Bayo Philips, an Ilaje man, as the new Head of Service,” stressing that the governor has taken the position in his hometown.

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Reacting, Adeniyan said, “If they say it’s politicised, then they are invariably saying that Ogundele was a politician or that he played politics with his position as HoS.”

He added that the decision was taken to revitalise the civil service for what he described as optimum performance.

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