Kayode Ajulo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and lawyer, has expressed his disapproval of President Bola Tinubu‘s intervention in the political crisis that has been unfolding in Ondo State.
Ajulo highlighted that constitutional provisions pertaining to the situation in Ondo State should have been followed.
During an appearance on the Silverbird Television program, Inside Politics, Ajulo emphasized the importance of adhering to the constitutional provisions in order to fully restore governance in the state. The state has been making headlines due to the prolonged absence of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the alleged plot to impeach the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
In an attempt to resolve the impasse, Tinubu invited stakeholders to the Presidential Villa, where resolutions were reached to restore peace among the conflicting factions. However, Ajulo criticized one of the resolutions, which reportedly led to the establishment of a tripartite committee to govern the affairs of the state and enforce the agreed-upon resolutions. He deemed this process unconstitutional.
Ajulo argued that if it is proven that Akeredolu is incapacitated, Aiyedatiwa should be promptly sworn in as the acting governor. He also warned that if the situation remains unaddressed, it could impact the state’s 2024 fiscal year, as there are no indications of the state presenting next year’s appropriation bill to the House of Assembly.
“I urge you all to take a moment to consider the government and the well-being of the people in Ondo State. Given the current political situation, there is a significant concern that there will be no one available to present the state’s budget. The consequence of this could be widespread hunger and poverty, which will profoundly affect the state’s population.”