Ondo Assembly screens new deputy gov as Aiyedatiwa sacks cabinet

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A former Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, Dr Olaide Adelami, will today (Thursday) appear before the Ondo State House of Assembly for screening and possible confirmation as the Deputy Governor of Ondo State.

The state Assembly, on Wednesday, confirmed receiving a letter from Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, putting Adelani’s name forward for the deputy governor’s seat.

The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Olatunji Oshati, in a statement, said, “The Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji, has confirmed that the House has received the name of the Deputy Governor-nominee from the Governor of Ondo State, Hon.Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa. His name is Dr Olayide Owolabi Adelami

“Receiving the letter on behalf of other lawmakers today in his office, Oladiji said that the governor’s action is in line with Section 191(3)b&c of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.”

According to the statement, Adelami “is expected to appear before the House tomorrow (today) 25th January 2024 for screening.”

The deputy governor-nominee is a kinsman of the late Akeredolu. He was a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress during the preparation for the 2020 governorship election in the state.

The Ondo State deputy governor’s seat became vacant on December 27, 2023, after Aiyedatiwa was elevated to become the substantive Governor of Ondo State.

Aiyedatiwa’s assumption of office followed the demise of his principal, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who passed on in Germany after a protracted battle with prostate cancer.

In a major decision on Wednesday, Aiyedatiwa, who is barely four weeks in office, dissolved the cabinet inherited from Akeredolu.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Ebenezer Adeniyan, announcing the cabinet dissolution, read: “All members of the cabinet are to immediately hand over to the Permanent Secretaries or the most senior administrative officers in their respective offices.

Source: The Punch

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