The Ondo Progressives Network (OPN) has urged Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the beleaguered deputy governor of Ondo State, to follow through on the decision made during a recent meeting with President Bola Tinubu about the state’s political predicament.
On Monday, the group voiced their concerns on rumors that the deputy governor is working with some House of Assembly members to take on the job of acting governor.
OPN threatened to label any attempt by Aiyedatiwa to act against the decision as an act of subordination and flagrant disrespect in a statement sent to media in Akure, the state capital, and signed by Ogunika Taiwo, the publicity secretary.
Taiwo requested that the Aiyedatiwa abstain from any actions that would topple the government and impede Ondo State’s advancement.
Following the Friday meeting with our kind and accommodating President Bola Tinubu, we have noted an increasing pattern of unhappiness and dissatisfaction among Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa’s group. Concerns have been raised about the President and other stakeholders’ complete rejection of the position they took at the Abuja summit due to the actions of his personal aides and well-known and close associates.
The group also emphasized how crucial it is to keep the group together and follow the choices that were taken at the meeting with Tinubu.
It emphasized how important it is for all administration officials to collaborate in order to further the growth and interests of Ondo State.
The group encouraged Aiyedatiwa to put the welfare and advancement of the state before of personal goals and to refrain from any acts that may jeopardize the administration’s unity, all the while reiterating its faith in Tinubu’s leadership.
We applaud the President’s efforts to establish stability and peace in our beautiful state. The truce agreements made by the opposing parties were admirable and remarkable.
It was a peaceful resolution that would finally give governance a chance to breathe and serve the needs of the populace.
However, we are disheartened by the most recent reports and rumors that the deputy governor, together with a few House of Assembly members, is planning to declare himself acting governor in defiance of the resolutions passed in Abuja.
“We view this as blatant disrespect for the President’s office and an act of insubordination.” We would want to counsel Aiyedatiwa, the deputy governor, to follow his ambitions and not give in to his hunger for power and the allure of desperation.
“The people’s and the state’s interests will be served by the deal achieved in Abuja. If the deputy governor doesn’t take over the state by force, it’s acceptable for him or her to go on in that role.
We are aware that plans have been made to defy the president’s order and name Aiyedatiwa as interim governor starting tomorrow.
“Some individuals want to explain their income, and we don’t want to believe the rumors that money has changed hands. Above and beyond our own feelings, we have a responsibility to defend the integrity and values that Ondo State is recognized for.
“Let Ondo State be a paradise of peace. It is imperative that the deputy governor summon his sympathizers and supporters to order. What more is Aiyedatiwa in need of?
“Your impeachment has been halted by the President. It is assured that you will remain until the conclusion of your term. Why is he so determined to take over as acting governor?