Efforts by President Bola Tinubu to resolve the political crisis in Ondo State, arising from the rift between Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, have encountered obstacles, as there are speculations that the State House of Assembly is considering declaring Aiyedatiwa as the acting governor.
Sources indicate that the Assembly may convene on Tuesday to discuss the proposal of appointing Aiyedatiwa as the acting governor.
With Governor Akeredolu being absent from the state for the past six months due to health reasons, those aligned with the governor are reportedly strategizing to thwart the plot against their leader.
It is noteworthy that the presidency, through a press release by Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Tinubu, had urged all factions involved to reconcile and embrace peace, which was met with commitments from both sides.
Ngelale’s statement stated, “This means that Governor Akeredolu remains Chief Executive of the State, Aiyedatiwa remains Deputy Governor, and members of the State Executive Council continue their respective duties, even as the leadership of the State’s House of Assembly and the APC Chapter in Ondo State is preserved.”
However, Aiyedatiwa reportedly held a meeting on Sunday night with some members of the Ondo State House of Assembly who supported his cause, insisting on being declared acting governor on Tuesday.
An anonymous lawmaker who received a call from Aiyedatiwa revealed that the deputy governor questioned the president’s intervention in the matter.
The legislator, who chose to remain anonymous, stated, “Last night (Sunday), a number of us received a call from the deputy governor. He informed us that he must be declared acting governor on Tuesday. When we reminded him that it wasn’t part of the resolutions reached in the meeting with the President, he said the President can’t dictate how we run Ondo State.”
In response to the developments, Speaker of the House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, affirmed that the lawmakers are aligned with the decisions made during the meeting with President Tinubu. Oladiji emphasized that any decision contrary to the resolutions reached with the president should be disregarded.