The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has terminated the appointment of the state Attorney-general and Commissioner for Justice, Kola Olawoye.
Indication revealed that the cold war between Governor Akeredolu and his Justice Commissioner has finally consumed the cabinet member. In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Segun Ajiboye, Governor Akeredolu expressed his gratitude to the former Commissioner for his service in his cabinet and wished him well in his future endeavour.
Governor Akeredolu has swiftly confirmed the appointment of a human rights lawyer, Mr Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice. He said Titiloye’s name would soon be forwarded to the state House of Assembly for confirmation. Titiloye was also a former secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Akure Branch.
However, a dependable source told Vanguard that Olawoye has been having a cold war with the Governor shortly after his two years in office. The source added, “Olawoye has done many things to undermine the Governor simply because they are friends and from the same place, Owo.”
“I think the Governor has even tolerated him for too long; no governor could have absorbed what the man was doing to Akeredolu simply because they’re from the same town, Owo and close friends.”
“But what was his contribution? He had blackmailed the Governor anywhere he found himself and the worst came about a week ago when he took certain unilateral decisions without the Governor’s knowledge, which caused some embarrassments to the Governor.
“The most important of all is his inability to build consensus among top lawyers in the state. The ministry has been reduced to nothing and we lawyers have so much respect for the Ministry and we think it is the right decision to make.”
“To make matters worse, he was alleged to be the brain behind the rumour about the issue of an alleged fake certificate of the new Deputy Governor simply because he doesn’t like him. That was the reason he was always fighting for a female to be Akeredolu’s deputy governor instead of Lucky.”
“Apart from that, the governor was embarrassed that lawyers could embark on public protest. Mind you, he was Attorney-General and he knows the importance of the profession. He deliberately wanted to embarrass the Governor with that”, the government source told Newsmen.
Well, there may be more to it than it seems; it helps if you take stuff like this with a pinch of salt.