The Ondo State deputy governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, on Tuesday, has reaffirmed his allegiance to the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.SAN.
Aiyedatiwa claimed that recent rumours he was disloyal to his boss were all fabrications designed to drive a wedge between him and the governor.
The deputy governor stated this on Tuesday in a statement through his media aide, Mr. Kenneth Odusola-Stevenson. The statement was titled, ‘The fabricated lies against the deputy governor of Ondo State: the blackmailers are at it again.’
The statement claims that anonymous groups and individuals within the state disseminated the rumours in an effort to tarnish his reputation for political gain.
The statement read, “We need to remind the public that this is a continuation of the blackmail started by these same characters some months ago, with false stories planted in some media outlets against the deputy governor. However, since those lies did not yield the result they envisaged, the blackmailers have returned with fake stories about disloyalty, aimed at causing disaffection between him and the governor.
“These faceless individuals who have been hiding their identities because what they are putting out are pure fabrications, are being sponsored by those who are threatened by the profile of the deputy governor, his relationship with his boss, and the goodwill he enjoys with the people.
“Many stakeholders have commended the deputy governor for the way he handled state affairs while he was Acting Governor, despite all his detractors did to provoke him into taking drastic actions. He avoided their booby traps and they tripped on their own banana peels.”
The statement added that there was no communication chasm between the deputy governor and his principal about official state matters.
“Now that Mr. Governor is back and has started working, the deputy governor remains calm and committed to the duties of his office and unruffled by the lies of desperate politicians and their agents. The deputy governor remains loyal to his principal and no amount of fabricated lies will change that,” the statement submitted.