Former D’gov must return Four Official Vehicles, not Two –Ondo govt
The Ondo state government on Wednesday asked Mr Agboola Ajayi, the immediate past Deputy Governor of the state to return all four government vehicles in his possession with immediate effect or be ready to face the consequences of his decision to illegally hold onto those vehicles after leaving office.
The Senior Special Assistant to Akeredolu on Special duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale in a statement made available to ROVING REPORTERS said “ Mr Ajayi should not have taken what does not belong to him in the first instance. Presenting this disgraceful act, an obnoxious convention, impelled by proclivity towards gluttony and criminality, as a right denied by a government insistent on rectitude, is an aggravated insult. ”
The statement tagged ‘Re: Much Ado About Nothing: The Ondo State Government Must Get Their House In Order’, Odebowale was reacting to claims earlier made by Agboola last week.
He said “ Our attention has just been drawn to a press statement released as a rejoinder to a complaint lodged by the Office of the SSA, Special Duties and Strategy to the Police Commissioner, Ondo State, on acts bordering on fraudulent conversion of the properties of the Ondo State Government by the immediate past occupier of the office of Deputy Governor of the State.
Mr Agboola Ajayi, the immediate past Deputy Governor of Ondo State, indicated his willingness to return “two vehicles” out of the FOUR still in his possession illegally.
We are not in a position to enter into any negotiation with him or anyone on this shameful act of moral turpitude. We shall be insisting on full compliance with the notice of recovery concerning the converted properties of the Ondo State Government. The alternative will be for us to press charges against the recalcitrant and crooked.
For the avoidance of doubt, the FOUR vehicles belonging to the Ondo State Government which have been converted by Mr Ajayi are:
1. Land Cruiser SUV (New)
2. Hilux Van (2 nos) (New)
3. Toyota Hilux (fairly used)
Mr Ajayi is aware of the fact that these vehicles were neither sold nor given to him (for keeps) by any instrument of the State. The very fact of his denial of the brazen conversion /theft, in the first instance, evidences characteristic dubiety and contemptuous predilection for rectitude.
A later admission on his part, predicated on an obnoxious practice which supports stealing, confirms ignorance of the workings of a system anchored on deliberative governance. There is no record anywhere on the decision of the Government, through its Executive Council, to dash out vehicles as parting gifts.
It is heart-warming that Mr Ajayi expresses deep concern about the “challenges and predicaments (sic) facing the State most especially insecurity” (sic).
The acknowledgement of the fact that the State grapples with “unpaid salaries across the entirety (of) the Ondo State public sector” should be sufficient reason for Mr Ajayi to desist further from such actions which may compound the precarious fiscal challenges in the State.
The current economic adversity is a global phenomenon. Only an ignoramus will fail to draw the necessary inferences.
It is laughable to read from Mr Ajayi that he has chosen to return two vehicles as an act of magnanimity. Returning properties converted is not an act of sacrifice or statesmanship. The alternative will be to confront a grueling criminal trial for stealing.
It is mollifying to note that a former top functionary of Ondo State Government is deeply concerned about the current spate of insecurity, especially kidnapping and armed robbery.
It is our duty to inform him that the State is overcoming the current challenges, progressively, perhaps due to absence of certain elements, widely suspected to be active collaborators with felons, at security meetings. We will surmount our challenges, either contrived or emanating from the exigencies of evolution of a mobile society.
Mr Ajayi should not have taken what does not belong to him in the first instance. Presenting this disgraceful act, an obnoxious convention, impelled by proclivity towards gluttony and criminality, as a right denied by a government insistent on rectitude, is an aggravated insult.Mr Ajayi should do the needful or be ready for the consequences. ”