Ajayi left the APC in June after falling out with Governor Akeredolu.
The estranged deputy governor is now the candidate of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) within the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo.
During the flag-off of his marketing campaign on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Ore, Odigbo local authorities space, Ajayi accused Babajide of utilizing an unnamed firm to gather the cash from authorities coffers.
Miffed by the allegation, Babajide challenged the deputy governor to strip himself of his immunity so as to show his allegation in opposition to him in a court of competent jurisdiction.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (Left) and his Deputy, Agboola Ajayi (SaharaReporters)
He said the allegation is “untrue, fabricated and a satanic plot designed to score political points against him” because his father is looking for re-election.
He said the allegation has prompted him extreme damage and hampered his skilled pursuits.
“My attention has been drawn to the spurious allegation made against me by Hon. Agboola Ajayi, the gubernatorial candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) during his flag off campaign rally on the 19th of September, 2020 at Ore in Odigbo local government area,” the assertion from Babajide reads.
“This deliberate, malicious and mendacious assertion has been making the rounds on-line and on social media platforms.
“The unsubstantiated declare and accusation, designed to mislead most people and calculated to malign my person for clear political achieve, will not be solely depraved, treacherous and false but clearly most defamatory.
“The allegation, which has been making the rounds with out a face to it has been refuted by the state authorities when it first surfaced.
“While I find it crucial to state unambiguously that I don’t hold any political workplace, it’s evil and most depraved to make such allegation that exists primarily within the minds of Hon. Agboola, the ZLP candidate and his ilk.
Deputy Governor of Ondo State Agboola Ajayi fell out with Gov Rotimi Akeredolu and dumped the APC (G9ija)
“I state with emphasis that it’s the biggest disrespect and an intentional distortion of info for the said gubernatorial candidate of the ZLP to state inter alia that I siphoned 4 hundred and thirty-three million Naira of Ondo State funds under the disguise of consultancy charges.
“This allegation which I deny, can solely come from somebody so lowly and frivolous and sudden of anybody who holds the excessive workplace of a deputy governor.
“The statement by Hon. Agboola Ajayi was calculated to disparage my person and credibility and it has caused severe damage to my reputation and professional interests.”
Babajide also acknowledged that he’s employed renown human rights lawyer Femi Falana to plead his case.
“In gentle of the above, I have instructed my lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN, of the Falana Chambers, to institute authorized motion in opposition to Hon. Agboola Ajayi to declare full damages for the hurt the false and malicious assertion he made has performed to my fame. He should show this allegation within the court of regulation.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State [Twitter/@RotimiAkeredolu]
“If there is any modicum of honesty in the ZLP candidate, I expect that he shows clear willingness to do the honourable thing by stripping himself of his immunity, accepting the court process and proving his claims in court,” the assertion concluded.
Babajide is a US skilled Mining, Electrical and Electronics Engineer.