A human rights lawyer, Morakinyo Ogele has disclosed that
with the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended,
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu can govern the state from any part of Nigeria.
According to the legal practitioner, the hue and cry over
the whereabouts of the Governor was not necessary, particularly as there has
not been any glitch in the governance of the state.
While stressing that the constitution did not stipulate that
a governor must be resident in the state he was elected to govern, Ogele who
spoke with newsmen in Akure, the State capital, maintained that Akeredolu has
not been lagging in his roles as governor.
Recall that there has been uproar in some quarters over the
absence of the governor in the state, five weeks after he returned from medical
vacation in Germany.
The lawyer who further stressed that anyone is susceptible
to sickness, emphasised that Akeredolu should be commended for the many life
impacting programmes initiated across the State.
“There are lots of lacuna in our constitution. The
constitution has not indicted any governor who is not within his state to
perform his constitutional roles. That is why we need to amend our
“The constitution has failed to address the question of
whether a governor can operate from outside the state. There is nowhere in the
constitution that the governor can only operate in Ondo State.
“Politicians read meaning into everything. They are
preparing for another election, hence the present scenario in the state.
“As far as I’m concerned, Akeredolu has exposed this State
to development. When you see all the roads constructed by his administration
you will commend him for a job well done.
“As we speak, construction of the first flyover in the State
capital is ongoing. Don’t forget he constructed one in Ore during his first
term. This is unprecedented in the State.”
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