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Why Ondo Commissioner dumped Akeredolu’s govt

Sep 23, 2020

By: Oluwatosin Adesola

A commissioner with the Ondo State Oil Producing Commission (OSOPADEC), Chief Bisi Ilawole yesterday resigned his appointment with the State government.

More facts have however emerged over the resignation as it was learnt that the decision of Ilawole was to enable him team up with the state Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi to unseat Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.

Immediately, Ilawole from Ilaje Local Government Area of the state dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) and joined the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) with hundreds of his supporters.

SUNSHINETRUTH reliably gathered that some of the political appointees from Ilaje local government area are not happy with how resources of OSOPADEC were being managed.

In his letter addressed to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Ilawole thanked the governor for giving him the previledged to serve the state in the capacity of a Commissioner in the intervention agency.

The letter read “I Chief Ilawole Adeleke Adebisi, hereby tender my resignation letter as a member of Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission. ( OSOPADEC).

“Sir, it is my profound gratitude for the rare privilege given to me under your adminstration to serve as a commissioner representing the good people of Ilaje Oil Producing communities.”

Also, a two time Chairman and immediate boss of Irele Local Government, Hon Nicholas Akinbiola and Daisi Onetufo dumped APC for ZLP with their supporters.

Similarly, a former chairman of Ileoluji/Okeigbo and lawmaker representing the constituency, Hon. Folagbade Gbemibade dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for ZLP.

They said they joined the party in order to rescue the state from the misrule of the APC led government of Akeredolu in the state.

Speaking after he received them at the ZLP Secretariat, the state chairman, Dr Joseph Akinlaja commended them for taking a bold step to join the party. He assured them that their interest would be taken care of.

The Deputy Governor and candidate of the ZLP, Hon Agboola Ajayi assured them that free health would be restored if elected as governor.

Ajayi assured them of considerable reduction in school fee of the state owned tertiary institutions if elected as governor of the state and launch operation zero potholes so as to make sure all roads in the state are motorable.



Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has approved the appointment of Mr. Gbenga Oluyide Mekuleyi as a member of the Board of Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (OSOPADEC).

He replaces Chief Adeleke Adebisi Ilawole who has resigned his appointment as a member of the board.

Mr Mekuleyi’s appointment is with immediate effect.

The Governor wishes him luck in his new role.


Segun Ajiboye
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

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