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Ondo power tussle: Tinubu asked Deputy Gov Aiyedatiwa to sign resignation letter

 

The Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Bamidele
Ademola-Olateju, said that the Deputy Governor of the State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa,
was told to sign his resignation letter by President Bola Tinubu.

 

This, according to him, was the nub of the president’s
intervention in the political crisis rocking the state.

 

Aiyedatiwa and his boss, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, have
been at daggers drawn but the Deputy Governor presided over the state’s executive
council meeting on Thursday.

 

This followed a resolution meeting between the governor’s
factions and those loyal to the deputy.

 

However, Ademola-Olateju, who was a guest on Channels
Television’s Lunchtime Politics on Friday, said that the President asked the
deputy governor for a signed undated resignation later in case anything
untoward happens.

 

“First of all, before I even talk about the Abuja meeting, I
just want to thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Asiwaju
Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for being a very good leader and wading into the crisis in
Ondo State.

 

“His intervention has cooled the temperature that was just
going haywire in Ondo State; we thank him.

 

“At the Abuja meeting, key decisions were made by Mr
President, who is the leader of our party, the All Progressives Congress. Those
key decisions were that the status quo in the state be maintained.

 

“He decided that the executive council must not be dissolved
under any condition, and the party structure should be maintained, that the
leadership of the House of Assembly should be intact, and he nominated three
people—the Secretary to the State Government, the party chairman, and the
speaker of the house—to be the enforcers and to forestall further problems.

 

“He asked for the signed resignation letter of Honourable
Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Deputy Governor, undated in case anything untoward
happens, so that is what I know,” the commissioner said.

 

The Ondo State House of Assembly and its Speaker also
withdrew an appeal filed before the Court of Appeal, Abuja, against the ruling
of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which stopped the planned impeachment of
Aiyedatiwa.

 

The House of Assembly and its Speaker had challenged the
jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to handle the matter and
appealed against the court’s ruling halting the planned impeachment of the
deputy governor.

 

At Thursday’s proceedings, counsel for the Speaker and the
Assembly, Remi Olatobura, told the three-member panel of justices of the
appellate court that he has the instructions of his clients to withdraw the
appeal.

 

The senior lawyer told the court that parties in the matter
have found a political solution to their problems and have signed an agreement
to withdraw the appeal.

 

According to Olatubora, the appeal is being withdrawn in the
interest of peace and as part of the agreement reached by the parties.

 

Respondents in the appeal confirmed that they were served
with the notice of withdrawal, adding that they were not objecting to the
notice of withdrawal.

 

Justice Haruna Tsammani, who led the three-member panel,
subsequently dismissed the appeal, which had been withdrawn by the appellants.

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