Doyin Odebowale

Why I opted out of working with Aiyedatiwa – Akeredolu’s aide

Doyin Odebowale, formerly the Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties and Strategy to the late Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, recently clarified the reasons behind his resignation following the untimely demise of the governor.

Odebowale, along with other key officials, including Aminu Raimi (Commissioner for Infrastructure, Lands and Housing), Olawale Abolade (Special Assistant on Photography), Dare Aragbaye (Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties), and Richard Olatunde (Chief Press Secretary), submitted their resignations, citing Akeredolu’s passing as the motivating factor.

However, in a statement made on Saturday, Odebowale expounded on his decision to step down, revealing that it was rooted in his inability to replicate the same level of commitment he shared with Akeredolu.

He emphasized that he had faithfully discharged his duties with the steadfast support of the late governor, a collaboration spanning over three decades.

Odebowale highlighted his instrumental role in persuading Akeredolu to contest the 2018 governorship election, leading to his subsequent appointment as a special adviser to oversee the state’s affairs.

Despite his unwavering loyalty to Akeredolu, Odebowale clarified that his resignation was a personal choice and not a reflection of any discord with the newly sworn-in governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

He expressed gratitude for the opportunities and support Akeredolu provided, acknowledging their close bond as more than a political association, describing Akeredolu as a brother and a member of his family.

Responding to allegations of assault on a pregnant woman, Odebowale vehemently denied the claims, asserting that such accusations were fabricated and driven by envy from those who perceived him as too influential.

He adamantly stated that he would never resort to violence against women and insisted that the incident in question was a misrepresentation of events.

Odebowale recounted the circumstances surrounding the alleged assault, involving a directive from the governor to improve market conditions and fumigate an area.

He clarified that the subsequent video depicting the incident had been manipulated by individuals who aimed to tarnish his reputation, asserting that his actions were guided by the governor’s directives for public welfare.

In recounting the incident, Odebowale provided a detailed account of the events, including efforts to clear public spaces and enhance hygiene in response to the governor’s directives.

He stressed that the reported slapping incident did not occur, and he attributed the controversy to certain executives who viewed him as too influential and individuals aligned with Agboola Ajayi, the former deputy governor, due to his assertive dealings with Ajayi.

Odebowale concluded by expressing his commitment to the betterment of the state and refuted any claims of misconduct, urging a fair examination of the facts.


Peter Ritdung Wakkias is a Nigerian blogger and programmer, known for being the CEO of and He holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from Isa Mustapha Agwai 1 Polytechnic Lafia. Based in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

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