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Aiyedatiwa should be appointed acting governor – APC chieftains

Some leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State have asked the State House of Assembly to empower the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, as acting governor.

Recall that President Bola Tinubu declared that Rotimi Akeredolu will remain the governor of Ondo State while Aiyedatiwa remains his deputy.

The decision was taken on Friday after a meeting between Tinubu and stakeholders of Ondo State at the Presidential Villa.

In a statement on Saturday, the party leaders under the auspices of the Ondo APC Progressives Stakeholders said Aiyedatiwa should be given the powers to act as state governor in line with constitutional provisions.

In the statement signed by the Chairman, Hon. Afe Olowookere, and Secretary, Hon. Raman Rotimi, the group, said Akeredolu's prolonged absence has crippled the state's economy.

The APC leaders decided that the supremacy of the party must be entrenched to facilitate inclusion and mutual respect.

It said: “A comprehensive development agenda for socio-economic, industrial and cultural renaissance that will place the state in its rightful place must be designed by all parties and stakeholders to provide quality, sustainable economic and industrial development for the people.

“That APC party members should be given the opportunity to participate and determine who is appointed or elected to political and party positions.

“Elders and leaders of the party should be recognized and given their place of honor within the party, instead of being neglected and excluded by the party.

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“The system of writing names of party officials and candidates without due process will be challenged and opposed by all possible political and legal means.”

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