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Tension in Ondo over plot to unseat Governor Akeredolu

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Tension in Ondo as Lawmakers Convene Amidst Political Crisis.

Tensions are rising in Ondo as lawmakers in the state House of Assembly gather for their first plenary on Tuesday, November 28, following a meeting with President Bola Tinubu to address the political crisis gripping the state.

The aftermath of the meeting has sparked various interpretations, with some supporters of Deputy Governor insisting that the resolution favours declaring him acting governor.

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Sources within Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s cabinet reveal plots uncovered to thwart the governor and declare Aiyedatiwa as acting governor, contrary to the agreement reached with President Tinubu.

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Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Tinubu, Ajuri Ngelale, clarified in a statement that the President advised maintaining the status quo.

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He affirmed that Governor Akeredolu remains the Chief Executive of the State, with Aiyedatiwa as the deputy governor, and the State Executive Council continuing their duties.

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However, reports indicate a move by 11 lawmakers loyal to Aiyedatiwa to sway Akeredolu’s loyalists to support declaring Aiyedatiwa as acting governor during Tuesday’s plenary.

One lawmaker, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed a call from the deputy governor insisting on his declaration as acting governor, defying the resolutions from the meeting with President Tinubu.

The state chairman of the party, Hon. Ade Adetimehin, asserted that no politician in the state would go against the resolution reached with President Tinubu, emphasizing the significance of upholding the President’s directives.

Speaker of the Assembly, Hon Olamide Oladiji, affirmed that the lawmakers align with the outcome of the meeting with President Tinubu. Majority Leader Hon. Emmanuel Ogunmolasuyi clarified that there is no plan to welcome the deputy governor with fanfare or proclaim him as acting governor.

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The Ondo Progressives Network (OPN) expressed concern over speculations that Aiyedatiwa was plotting with lawmakers to declare himself acting governor, cautioning against breaching the resolution reached with the President.

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The group urged the deputy governor to resist the lure of desperation for power and advised maintaining the agreement reached in Abuja to serve the interests of the people and the state.

As tensions escalate, the political landscape in Ondo remains precarious, with citizens and stakeholders closely watching the unfolding events.

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