You Lack Power to Meddle in Ondo, Rivers Politics, Fashola Rebuffs Tinubu’s Action

Babatunde Fashola

Fashola Challenges Tinubu’s Political Meddling, Asserts Presidential Limitations

In a recent turn of events, former Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola, rebuffs President Bola Tinubu’s intervention in the political turmoil of Ondo and Rivers states.

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Fashola contends that the President lacks constitutional authority in these matters, sparking a debate on the limits of executive involvement in state affairs.

As Ondo State governor Rotimi Akeredolu faces calls for resignation due to health concerns, Rivers State experiences a power struggle between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike.

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Tinubu steps in, orchestrating an accord favoring Wike, a move Fashola deems beyond the President’s constitutional purview.

Speaking at the Nigerian Air Force Officers Mess Forum’s annual lecture, Fashola questions, “Does the constitution assign a role to the President in this matter?” He challenges those urging presidential intervention, highlighting the legal constraints on such actions.

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Fashola, who served as the minister of works in the past administration, emphasizes that leaders in Rivers State should take responsibility instead of relying on the President to resolve their disputes. The unfolding debate raises crucial questions about the separation of federal and state powers, challenging traditional political dynamics.

Amidst the ongoing crisis, legal luminary Falana enters the fray, asserting Tinubu’s lack of authority to reinstate 27 lawmakers in Rivers State. As the political landscape intensifies, Fashola’s stance sets the stage for a broader examination of constitutional boundaries and the role of leadership in state affairs.



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