Presidency Insists Akeredolu Remains Governor Of Ondo State 

The Presidency after mediating in the face-off between the Governor of Ondo state Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) and his Deputy Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has decided that the Governor remain in place with full executive powers.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Ajuri Ngelale, made this much clarification after all the parties involved met with the President and state officials, including members of the All Progressives Congress, who all converged on the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja, until late Friday night, wherein the deputy governor, lawmakers, and others involved, vowed to embrace peace and maintain the status quo.

The statement reads “In his bid to restore political stability in Ondo State, President Bola Tinubu, late on Friday, waded into the months-long crisis between factions loyal to the Executive Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and the Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

“This followed marathon negotiations between the President and the Deputy Governor, representatives of Governor Akeredolu, federal and state lawmakers of Ondo, officials of the state’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress, and other stakeholders in the state at the State House, Abuja.

“The President advised all opposing parties to bury the hatchet and embrace peace, eliciting commitments to this effect.

This means that Governor Akeredolu remains the Chief Executive of the State, Aiyedatiwa remains Deputy Governor, and members of the State Executive Council continue their respective duties, even as the leadership of the State’s House of Assembly and the APC Chapter in Ondo State is preserved.”

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