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Ondo governance: Coalition asks Akeredolu to resume office or transfer powers to deputy



Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu
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A Coalition of Civil Society Organisation for Democracy (CCSOD), has raised concern over the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu’s prolonged absence in office.

They urged the Governor to resume duty or transfer powers to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Recall that the Governor returned to Nigeria after spending over three months on a medical trip in Germany. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); js"> He has however not resumed duty in the Government house but have been recuperating in Ibadan, Oyo State.

Briefing journalists on Thursday in Abuja, the Convener of the Coalition, Dr Tunji John Asaolu stated that the continued absence of the Governor has created a vacuum in governance and affecting decision-making process in the state.

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He advised Akeredolu to prioritize the needs of the people and to resume his responsibilities without further delay or transfer power to his Deputy, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

The rights group argued that Ondo state cannot afford to be without effective leadership, stressing the need for swift action to rectify the situation.

The group also expressed displeasure over attempts by political jobbers to sow discord between the governor and his deputy and warned against any attempt to exploit the resulting power vacuum for personal gain.

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Asaolu said: “We, however, think the Governor’s protracted absence raises serious concerns about the functionality of governance, effective decision-making and administrative efficiency in our beloved state.

“The intent of the framers of our Constitution in sections 189,190 and 191 is to avoid any kind of vacuum. And these sections explicitly emphasise the necessity to avoid a vacuum in leadership. The prolonged absence of the governor creates a governance vacuum, thereby impeding the effective administration of Ondo State.

“Equally distressing is the apparent political interference by some persons not elected by the good people of Ondo state, preventing the Deputy Governor from fully discharging his constitutional duties in the absence of Governor Akeredolu. The people know their Governor and his Deputy, not a group of cabal or individuals constituting into “cabal.”

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“We remind all stakeholders that the constitution empowers the deputy governor to act in the governor’s absence. The political maneuvering preventing this is a violation of the very principles that underpin our democratic system. Ondo State deserves strong and unwavering leadership, especially in challenging times.

“Therefore, we call on all relevant authorities to urgently address this matter and ensure the seamless transition of governance to the Ondo Deputy Governor, by the provisions of the Constitution.

“The people of Ondo state deserve transparent and accountable leadership, and we will not stand idly by while political machinations jeopardize the well-being of this noble and well-respected state.”

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