President Bola Tinubu will meet stakeholders of Ondo State, amid the move by lawmakers in the state to declare Governor Rotimi Akeredolu unfit and ask his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to take over.
Recall that in May, Akeredolu wrote to the meeting announcing that he was handing over power to his deputy so he could focus on his health.
However, in his absence, things fell apart between Akeredolu loyalists and the acting governor.
Immediately after returning to Nigeria after his three months medical leave in Germany, the governor moved to his residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital and has yet to set foot in Ondo State.
Akeredolu's aides claimed that the governor resumed office on September 8, a day after his return from Germany, effectively taking over from his deputy, but there are clear indications that administration is on autopilot.
Following the governor's absence, lawmakers have decided to hold a plenary session to discuss and save the state from the current political crisis.
A source who spoke to Daily Trust said the lawmakers are embarrassed by the bombardment from various quarters over their silence on Akeredolu's continued power grab while still looking after his health.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said the decision by the lawmakers to hold a plenary meeting where the governor's health would be discussed was taken after the intervention of the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said some lawmakers have opposed declaring Aiyedatiwa as acting governor.
The source said: “The lawmakers would meet at the plenary meeting and one of the agenda items of the meeting is to declare Lucky Aiyedatiwa as the acting governor as Governor Akeredolu is not yet fit due to his health issues.
“But some lawmakers may not attend the meeting as they are not in favor of Aiyedatiwa becoming acting governor despite the intervention of the leadership of the APC in Abuja.”
The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Olatunji Oshati, who spoke on the development, said a meeting of the lawmakers had been convened to discuss the current political impasse in the state.
Oshati, who did not reveal the exact agenda of the scheduled meeting, explained that the meeting would make its resolution public at the appropriate time.
He said, “The meeting will only discuss the political situation in the state as already stated by the party's national leaders.”
President Bola Tinubu will meet with key political actors in the state over the current feud between Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa.
It was gathered that the meeting scheduled for Abuja was convened by Tinubu after the political crisis.
A source who spoke to journalists in Akure, the state capital, on the meeting, said key stakeholders in Ondo APC and members of the State Assembly were invited to the meeting at the initiative of the presidency.
The source said: “Tinubu would meet with the stakeholders and members of the APC in the state at the villa to resolve all these issues. The President is concerned about the media reports and letters to his office regarding the development in the state.
“It is either he hinted that the governor had not returned to the state since he arrived from Germany for his medical vacation or he himself had been monitoring the situation, but it is clear that he would meet with the main actors in the state including the members of the State House of Representatives.”
The spokesperson of the APC in Ondo, Alex Kalejaye, said in his view, he was referred to about the meeting.
Kalejaye said the intervention of the presidency in the current confrontation would put an end to all political bickering being experienced in the state.
He said, “I met the state chairman of the party today but I was told that he ran out of the house. I'm sure it's due to this development.
“Remember that yesterday I issued a statement on the political situation in the state and assured the people that the confrontation is currently being handled by the leadership of the party in the state and at the national level.
“So that statement was a saving grace for us as the presidency has decided to intervene in the matter. We are quite sure that if Mr. Tinubu had been there all this time, it would not have taken so long.”
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