Some loyalists of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, have rejected President Bola Tinubu's peace initiatives amid the political crisis rocking the state.
It is said that the loyalists are unhappy with the outcome of the meeting held at Aso Rock last week.
After the meeting, President Tinubu had directed that Akeredolu should remain governor, Aiyedatiwa should remain as deputy governor and that the Assembly should refrain from any form of impeachment.
According to the Independent, a source revealed that the President had asked Akeredolu to go on another medical holiday abroad to receive comprehensive treatment instead of staying in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where he has been since early September where he was staying when he returned from his holiday. medical trip abroad.
The Ondo State Governor is expected to write a letter to the Assembly handing over power to Aiyedatiwa to serve as acting governor pending his return if he decides to travel.
However, a former member of the House of Representatives, who is a key stakeholder in Ondo APC, said Akeredolu loyalists are going against the President's directive because they believe Aiyedatiwa cannot be trusted anymore considering what happened in the past .
They also claim that Aiyedatiwa, as acting governor, will use the state's resources to further his political interests ahead of the November 16, 2024 gubernatorial election.
The source said: “Right now, Akeredolu loyalists are trying to convince the governor not to accept the directive. They believe that Aiyedatiwa cannot be trusted with power again. They said that even if he agreed to travel abroad, he should not hand over power to Aiyedatiwa, who is seen by many as a power-hungry deputy.
“There is concern in the state over the absence of the governor. His aides continue to bring signed documents from Ibadan claiming that the governor signed them but the deputy governor's loyalists claim that some of those documents do not belong to the governor and his signature may have been forged.
“There is also division in the Assembly as some lawmakers who hitherto sympathized with Akeredolu’s cause have now had enough and want power to be transferred to the deputy as the state is fast degenerating into anarchy.”
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