The Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi, and top cabinet members in the state on Tuesday refuted their alleged defection to other political parties.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there were speculations of a planned defection of some top cabinet members in the state from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to other parties.
The cabinet members, who unanimously declared their support for the APC, made their stand known during the weekly State Executive Council (SEC) meeting in Akure.
The meeting was presided over by the state’s Deputy Governor, Mr Agboola Ajayi, who said that there was no plan to defect by members of the SEC and the APC in the state.
He described the report as the handiwork of political enemies.
“Everything is peaceful in APC of Ondo State, we are very much intact.
“The party and all of us are one and I do not know and I am not aware that anybody else among us is leaving or planning to leave the party for another.
“Yes, it is a normal thing for people to contest for election which is the beauty of democracy and APC will not dictate for you, but allow the grassroots to choose who will represent them at various levels of elective positions come 2019 elections,” he said.
According to him, if anybody wants to resign and contest, it is a different thing.
He added that APC in the state was doing everything possible to move the state forward.
“I can assure you that Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu will leave Ondo State better than he met it after spending eight years,” he said.
The deputy governor also noted that the governor followed constitutional procedure in informing the state House of Assembly before embarking on his annual leave.