Ondo: Tinubu resolves political impasse
By Jubril Bada
President Bola Tinubu has met with stakeholders from Ondo State over the protracted political impasse in the state.
Those who attended the meeting included the National Chairman of the APC, Umar Ganduje; embattled deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa; APC state Chairman, Ade Adetimehin; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji; Senator Jimoh Ibrahim; other members of the House of Assembly; Secretary to the Ondo State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu; the Governor’s aides including Dare Aragbaiye; Aminu Raimi; and the Governor’s son, Babajide Akeredolu.
Sources at the meeting disclosed that the President after listening to the parties involved, ordered that the status quo should be maintained.
According to the sources, the President frowned at the move to declare Aiyedatiwa as acting Governor and warned that such must never happen in the state.
“President Tinubu directed that the deputy governor should go and resume work as deputy governor and not as acting governor. He also directed that the state executive council should remain intact ditto for the party exco, contrary to threats.
“The President went further to ask Aiyedatiwa to do a letter of undertaking and maintain peace in the state. Mr. President also appointed the SSG, Princess Oladunni, Party Chairman, Adetimehin and the Speaker of the House, Oladiji to monitor and report the deputy governor if he deviated from the resolution reached at the meeting”, a reliable source disclosed.
It was gathered that the President also gave a matching order to the deputy governor to withdraw all cases instituted by him and his group in the court with immediate effect.
Earlier yesterday, some 11 members of the House of Assembly had planned to hold plenary and declare the deputy governor as acting governor.
The move was said to have been instigated by the deputy governor in company of the national chairman of the party, Ganduje.