Ibadan - Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has disengaged Accord Party nominees of a former governor of the state, Rashidi Ladoja, from his government.
This was contained in a letter the governor personally signed and delivered to the former governor in his Bodija, Ibadan residence, on Wednesday.
In the letter, the governor traced the history of his alliance with Ladoja, alleging that the former governor had consistently broken the tenets of the accord by casting aspersion on the government where his nominees were serving.
“Immediately after (2011) election, because of the peculiar configuration of the electoral balance, it was obvious that, for the good of our state and its development, I needed to extend my handshake across other frontiers.
`` You will recall also that after the elections, I met with you to ask for an alliance between your political party, Accord Party and my government.
`` The basis of the relationship being demanded was for you to support me and contribute, as well as participate, positively in the governance of the state, considering the devastation and degradation that had been visited on the state over the years.
“ You will also recall that at my meeting with you, you agreed with me that, for a total restoration of the state, there was the need for well-meaning citizens of the state to eliminate the politics of brickbats, mudslinging and the proverbial Pull Him Down Syndrome,’’ the letter stated.
The letter further said in part: `` This politics, invariably, misinforms the citizenry through subterfuge and has, over the years, contributed in stalling the development of the state.
`` At that meeting, you agreed with me that there was the need to rescue the state from those vices of the political arena that had driven our state backwards.’’
Ajimobi said that in spite of the initial opposition by his party, he stuck to the agreement with Ladoja, believing that, as a sportsman, the former governor would respect the spirit and letter of the alliance.
He expressed regrets at the `` campaign of calumny which is recorded frequently in the newspapers, unsubstantiated allegations, as well as unwarranted vitriolic attacks against my person and the government under my leadership.’’
Ajimobi further said that this made him to `` come to the conclusion that these recent campaigns against me are incompatible with the spirit of our alliance.”
“There is nowhere in the world where an alliance that benefits a participating partner is repaid by destructive maneuvers and corrosive innuendoes aimed at bringing down the house as this,” he stated.
“It is in view of the foregoing that I am using this medium to inform you of my decision to disengage your nominees from the government.
`` I feel constrained to take this painful but inevitable decision, in view of our personal relationship,” the governor said.
Those sacked included two commissioners, two Special Advisers, some chairmen and members of boards, Caretaker Chairman of a local government and others who were nominees of the former governor.