The conflict between those supporting Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the Governor of Ondo State, and his deputy, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, seemed resolved months ago, and Akeredolu is still the Governor of the state, according to a statement from the presidency.
Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the President's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, made the claim in a statement on Saturday.
The statement was made in response to rumors that state lawmakers may have received instructions from President Bola Tinubu to declare Ayedatiwa as acting governor in line with the theory of necessity.
PUNCH earlier reported that after hours of discussions between the President and state officials, including members of the All Progressives Congress, who met at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja until late Friday evening, the Deputy Governor, lawmakers and other stakeholders embraced. peace and promised to maintain the status quo.
In the statement, the Presidency confirmed that Akeredolu remains the Governor.
The statement read: “In his bid to restore political stability in Ondo State, President Bola Tinubu late on Friday waded into the months-long crisis between factions loyal to the Executive Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa .
“This followed marathon negotiations between the President and the Deputy Governor, representatives of Governor Akeredolu, Federal and State legislators of Ondo, officials of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress and other stakeholders in the state at the State House, Abuja.
“The President advised all opposing sides to bury the hatchet and embrace peace, leading to commitments to that effect.
“This means that Governor Akeredolu remains the Chief Executive of the state, Aiyedatiwa remains Deputy Governor and members of the State Executive Council continue with their respective duties even as the leadership of the State House of Representatives and the APC Chapter remains in preserve Ondo State. .”