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Governance: President Tinubu intervenes, resolves political crisis in Ondo

L-R: Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Deputy Governor of Ondo State; President Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, National Chairman of APC; Princess Oladunni Odu, Secretary to the Government of Ondo State; and Rt. Hon. Oladiji Olamide, Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly, During a Reconciliation Meeting on the Political Crisis in Ondo State in the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, FCT       Photo: State House

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu intervenes in the months-long political crisis between factions loyal to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and his Deputy, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, as the opposing factions pledge to maintain peace, status quo in the South-Western state in Nigeria

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In his bid to restore political stability in Ondo State, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, late Friday, November 24, 2023, intervened in the months-long political crisis between factions loyal to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and his Deputy, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, in Media and Publicity, in a statement issued at the weekend, said resolution of the political logjam in Ondo State followed marathon negotiations between the President, the State Deputy Governor, representatives of Governor Akeredolu, Federal cum state lawmakers of Ondo, top officials of the state’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress, and other stakeholders in the South-Western state in the State House, Abuja, FCT.

The statement noted that President Tinubu urged all opposing parties to bury the hatchet and embrace peace, eliciting commitments from the stakeholders to this effect.

The Presidential Spokesperson stated: “This means that Governor Akeredolu remains Chief Executive of the State, Aiyedatiwa remains Deputy Governor, and members of the State Executive Council continue their respective duties, even as the leadership of the State’s House of Assembly and the APC Chapter in Ondo State is preserved.

I pledge to maintain status quo in Ondo State, says Aiyedatiwa

In his response to the agreed resolution of the imbroglio in the state, Mr. Aiyedatiwa, Ondo State Deputy Governor, who declared his decision to maintain the status quo and unite all the factions, said: “I want to say that I pledge to all of you that I embrace every one of you. “I put behind all that has happened before now. I’ve let go and also let God, just as the President has advised us.”

He also stated: “And I want to say that with no offence, no guile in my mind whatsoever. All that has happened is politics.

“Impeachment is part of politics. If you survive it, it is also politics. It has come. I’ve survived it, and every other thing is in the past. ”

Aiyedatiwa further said:  “It is one big family and our father has intervened to bring all the children together to remain under the same family and with the position that I occupy, I will carry every one of you along in every decision that needs to be taken.

“And in everything that we do, we will work together; the Executive and the Legislature will work together to ensure that governance is on the right track.”

The statement indicated the Deputy Governor equally pleaded with all members of the State Executive Council to rally around the Governor and himself to “bring the dividend of democracy” to the people of Ondo State.

“All the Executive Council members, I want to plead with all of you to cooperate with me, with the Governor, so that we can bring the dividend of democracy to our people.

“We should respect one another regarding the offices we occupy and our age differences. So, it’s going to be mutual respect,” said he.

Aiyedatiwa pledged: “And I want to assure the party structure that we will work together because the party is supreme. We will always give you your due respect.”

We shall all embrace peace: Ondo House Speaker Olamide

The Presidential media aide noted Rt. Hon. Oladiji Olamide, Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, read the details of the resolution at the meeting in Abuja.

Olamide stated: “Our resolution is that one, we shall embrace peace. Secondly, there would be no more dissolution of the cabinet, and the Deputy Governor would maintain the status quo as far as the House of Assembly leadership is concerned.

“We will maintain the status quo as far as the party leadership in the state is concerned and maintain the status quo as far as the leadership of the State House of Assembly is concerned. Thank you, Mr. President.”

Princess Oladunni Odu, Secretary to the State Government (SSG),  stated, “Our Father, the President, has taken the trouble to settle our rancour in Ondo State. We owe you all the gratitude, Sir.

“We will not disappoint you. We have taken every word you said. And we are going home as one united family under the party, APC.”  ⁣

Speaking at the meeting, Ade Adetimehin, Ondo State Chairman of APC, expressed delight at the outcome of Friday’s deliberations, affirming that the party would remain a watchdog to ensure that the new commitments are adhered to.

Adetimehin asserted: “Today is my happiest moment. And I know sanity has come to Ondo State.

“So, on behalf of the teeming supporters of our party in the state, we appreciate our leader, Mr. President.”

The Ondo State Chairman of the party also said: “PDP has crumbled in the state; virtually, they decamp every day.

“The only problem we have is the one you have solved for us today. And that problem has been resolved permanently.”

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