Ondo Commissioner of Police Bolaji Salami on Saturday night led a team of policemen to stop Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi from leaving the Government House with official vehicles.
Ajayi had wanted to leave the Government House with the vehicles, claiming he no longer feels safe in the premises.
But the Police boss stopped him, asking Ajayi to return on Sunday because he had orders from above not to allow him to leave with the vehicles.
The Nation reports that Ajayi attempted to leave with the vehicles preparatory to his anticipated defection to the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) on Monday.
There had been no love lost between him and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Ajayi is expected to contest the governorship election with Akeredolu on the platform of the PDP.
It is believed he would resign from the All Progressives Congress(APC) at Kiribo, in Eseodo Local Government Area on Monday and declare for the PDP.
He has however ruled out resigning as Deputy Governor.
An altercation broke out between him and the Police Chief over attempted removal of the official vehicles.
In a widely circulated video, the CP was heard to have said: “We are not saying you should not go out. Since you are defecting, even your letter was brought to me in my office this evening that you are doing it (decamping) on Monday.
“What government is saying is that you cannot go out with official vehicles. This is politics, I am not saying it is right. This is Government House. The Governor is the one talking, give me few minutes, let me talk to my boss.”
But Ajayi replied, cautioning against a repeat of 1983 political violence, alleging suspected political thugs had been detailed to attack him and vandalised his property at the Government House once he declares for the PDP.
Flanked by two members of the House of Assembly, Mr Festus Akingbaso and Rasheed Elegbeleye, the Deputy Governor queried the Police chief: “Are you a member of the PDP or APC? It is you stopping me now. What is your concern about my leaving from one place to another? Do you know how many hours I have spent here? I personally paid for these vehicles. You should not have put yourself in mess.
“I have tried all constitutional and acceptable means to prevent this crisis. You are being used by the governor to deprive me of my constitutional right. I am highly disappointed that a policeman of your calibre can be used like this.
“Let me tell you, you cannot repeat what happened in this state in 1983 because Ondo State people will resist you and your and your emperor with everything.”