Deputy Governor and Akeredolu’s Aides Achieve Resolution Following Intervention by Tinubu

Deputy Governor and Akeredolu's Aides Achieve Resolution Following Intervention by Tinubu.

Following a political crisis in Ondo State, a truce was achieved on Friday through a meeting facilitated by President Bola Tinubu in Abuja. Key among the agreements reached was the commitment to maintain the existing political status quo in the state. The resolution aimed to address the tensions arising from the absence of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who is currently incapacitated.

One significant outcome of the truce was the directive for Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to submit an undated letter of resignation to President Tinubu. This move was intended to ensure that Aiyedatiwa continues to perform his duties without being declared acting governor during Akeredolu’s recovery period. Despite this directive, Aiyedatiwa was assured that he would retain his position and oversee the state’s governance.

President Tinubu convened the meeting at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja, bringing together various stakeholders, including lawmakers, Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa, and party leaders from Ondo State. The discussions lasted for several hours until approximately 11 p.m., with a focus on diffusing the political tension and maintaining stability in the state.

The agreement emphasized that Aiyedatiwa should refrain from altering the government structure and the state executive council. The undated letter of resignation served as a symbolic gesture to commit to the peace deal and allay concerns of potential victimization of individuals who opposed the deputy governor during the crisis.

Furthermore, it was resolved that the leadership of the House of Assembly would remain unchanged, and state activities should proceed as they did before the political conflict. The structure of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state was also affirmed to remain intact.

Explaining the resolutions, Olatunji Oshati, the spokesperson of the House of Assembly, highlighted that the safeguards were implemented to address fears of victimization by the deputy governor against individuals who stood against him during the crisis. Oshati emphasized that the truce aimed to maintain the status quo, with Aiyedatiwa retaining his position as deputy governor without reshuffling the cabinet or altering the House leadership.

Regarding the undated letter of resignation, Oshati clarified that it was a precautionary measure to dispel fears of potential witch-hunting, ensuring that the deputy governor’s reinstatement would not lead to adverse consequences for others. The overall goal of the meeting was to navigate the crisis while preserving the legacies of Governor Akeredolu.


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