Tinubu Successfully Resolves Ondo Long-Standing Political Crisis

Following about six hours of discussions facilitated by President Bola Tinubu, involving Ondo state officials, All Progressives Congress (APC) members, and various stakeholders, the political deadlock in Ondo has been effectively addressed.
The meeting took place at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja, following President Tinubu’s invitation.
Earlier, the state assembly had issued an impeachment notice to Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, alleging gross misconduct. Aiyedatiwa challenged his impeachment in court, and Governor Akeredolu’s prolonged absence after returning from a medical vacation added to the state’s tensions.
Aiyedatiwa’s supporters had threatened to protest if the governor did not resume, insisting that Aiyedatiwa be declared acting governor.
Various prominent figures, including the pan-Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere and traditional rulers, appealed to President Tinubu for intervention. The situation escalated when state lawmakers loyal to the deputy governor were set to make him acting governor, prompting Tinubu’s invitation to Abuja.
After the successful resolution, Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa committed to inclusivity, vowing to involve all commissioners and officials in managing the state’s affairs. Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Oladiji Olamide, announced the cessation of all impeachment efforts against Aiyedatiwa. The Deputy Governor emphasized his commitment to maintaining the status quo and fostering unity among all factions.
He 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.
“And I want to say that 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 in his past.”
“It is one big family and our father has intervened to bring all the children together to remain under the same family. With the position that I occupy, I will carry every one of you along in every decision that needs to be taken.
“And 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.”
He pleaded with all members of the State Executive Council to cooperate with the governor and himself to “bring the dividend of democracy” to the people of Ondo State.
On his part, the Speaker of the House, Olamide, said: “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 status quo as far as the House of Assembly leadership is concerned.
“We will maintain status quo as far as the party leadership in the state is concerned and maintain status quo as far as the leadership of the State House of Assembly is concerned. Thank you, Mr. President.”
Meanwhile, President Tinubu had ordered the police to withdraw from the premises of the Ondo State House of Assembly in Akure.
Ada Peter

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