.’Solution to Ondo’s political crisis lies with gladiators, not Tinubu’
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has transmitted power to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to pilot the affairs of the state in an acting capacity.
The development was not unconnected with the resolution of the meeting held at the Presidential Villa where President Bola Tinubu met with Aiyedatiwa and some stakeholders in the state on Tuesday over the political crisis in the state.
Akeredolu, who had been absent from the state for over six months due to ill-health, notified the state’s House of Assembly that he would be embarking on medical leave as a follow-up to his treatment.
In a statement made available to The Guardian, yesterday, by Akeredolu’s Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, the governor stated that during the medical leave, he would prioritise his health and ensure a full recovery before resuming his official duties.
“A formal letter regarding the medical leave and a notice formally transferring power in line with Nigeria’s constitution would be transmitted to the House of Assembly.
“In the absence of Governor Akeredolu, the Deputy Governor, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, will assume the responsibilities of the governor in an acting capacity.
“Governor Akeredolu expresses his gratitude for the unwavering support and affection of the people of Ondo State. He assures them that his administration remains committed to the path of progress and prosperity for the people.”
Meanwhile, a constitutional lawyer and human rights activist, Tunji Abayomi,has stated that the intervention of Tinubu in the political impasse in Ondo State might not achieve the desired result until the gladiators are ready to sheathe their swords for the peace of the state.
Abayomi, who stated this during a media briefing at his Akure home, yesterday, said: “The resolution is not in Abuja; the president only helps us. We have to resolve the problem in Ondo State. The law does not give the President power to govern the state. He can only govern the country while the power of resolution belongs to the executives of Ondo State. We need to solve the problem; it is left to the leaders of Ondo State whether there will be a resolution or not.”
Source: The Guardian