The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has approved the appointment of a new Chief Press Secretary (CPS) and also re-appointed his Chief of Staff to the same position.
According to a statement on Monday in Akure signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Research & Documentation, Kunle Adebayo, Akeredolu appointed Mr. Olabode Richard Olatunde as his new CPS while Chief Olugbenga Ale was retained as the Governor’s CoS.
The statement reads “As a key move to hit the ground running in service of the people in his second tenure, the Governor of Ondo State Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN has approved the appointment of Chief Olugbenga Ale as his Chief of Staff while Mr. Olabode Richard is appointed as Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor.
“Chief Olugbenga Ale is a retired permanent secretary of the Ondo State Civil Service while Mr Olabode Richard is a practicing broadcast Journalist.
“The two individuals served in Akeredolu’s first tenure as Chief of Staff and Special Assistant (New Media) respectively.”
The two appointments are with immediate effect.
It will be recalled that Governor Akeredolu had in February shortly before his second term inauguration which took place on February 24, dissolved his cabinet.
Naija News reports that Akeredolu made the announcement during the valedictory meeting of the State Executive Council meeting.
He commended the members of the State Executive Council for their support for his administration in the last four years.
Akeredolu lauded them for their dedication to duty, stressing that they had worked together as one and the interest of the state had remained paramount throughout their services to the state government.
Meanwhile, a suit filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenging the candidature of Adetokunbo Abiru as the Lagos East Senator has been thrown out by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.
The case was dismissed on Monday by Justice Chuka Obiozor in a five-hour judgment in which he ruled that PDP’s case against Abiru was statute-barred.
It will be recalled that Senator Abiru who contested the December 5, 2020 Lagos East Senatorial bye-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 89,204 votes to comprehensively defeat PDP’s Babatunde Gbadamosi who polled 11,257 votes.