Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has terminated the appointment of Allen Sowore, the spokesman of the deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi and six other aides working in the office of the deputy governor.
The governor and his deputy have been having a running battle culminating in the resignation of the deputy governor from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and subsequent defection to the opposition PDP.
Many political observers predict that the deputy would run against his boss in the guber election billed for October this year.
The sacking of the aides of the deputy governor may be a calculated attempt to weaken him in the build up to the election.
How Ajayi or his office would function without assistants would be known in the days and weeks ahead.
The deputy governor has shown no indication he would resign from office.