July 18, 2024

Governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu has asked Lucky Aiyedatiwa, his deputy, to stand up for himself in the state House of Assembly’s accusations of misconduct.

In response to the deputy governor’s apologies, this governor made this statement.

The response was signed by Doyin Adebowale, Akeredolu’s Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties and Strategy.

The governor declared that he doesn’t meddle in the state House of Assembly’s operations.

Akeredolu has already received an apology from the beleaguered deputy governor for the state’s ongoing political unrest.

Aiyedatiwa apologized during a press conference in the state capital of Akure for the embarrassment the governor had felt in previous months due to the unfavorable headlines surrounding the problem.

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The deputy governor declared his commitment to the governor and the advancement of Ondo State, distancing himself from any protest and calling for the governor to step down due to his health issue.

However, in his reaction, the governor said he “may not be averse to embracing, cautiously, any seeming overtures impelled by genuine contriteness, making the following clarifications become pertinent”.

“The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON, does not meddle in the affairs of the House of Assembly of Ondo State, as subtly suggested at the press conference. There has never been any time when the Governor “persuaded” the “distinguished members of Ondo State House of Assembly to embrace the political solution offered” by the All Progressives Congress (APC), “in the face of an impeachment move against” the Deputy Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

“The best respect that all elected and appointed officials of the Government can display to the people should find expression in the unconditional reverence for the institution which represents them.

“The Deputy Governor referred to the allegations of malfeasance levelled against him by the House of Assembly as ‘all sorts of lies against my person in the media’. It is only decent that we advise him to take this defence to the same House of Assembly which came up with 14 allegations of gross misconduct against him.

“This is the only course of honour at this moment.”

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