Ondo Deputy Gov Apologises to Akeredolu over Crisis in the State

Fidelis David in Akure

The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr  Lucky Aiyedatiwa, on Thursday tendered an apology to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) over the political crisis in the state.

The crisis arose since Akeredolu’s absence from the state and his subsequent return from a three-month medical leave in Germany on September 7, and the recent attempt to remove him from office by the state House of Assembly.

However, speaking in Akure, Aiyedatiwa lamented the embarrassment and discomfort the governor has faced due to the barrage of negative news in the state in the last five months, pledging his loyalty and commitment to the development of the state.

Aiyedatiwa noted that there was the need to calm all nerves in order to restore peace and tranquility to the Sunshine State.

His words: “I am profoundly grateful to Mr. Governor for his intervention and role in persuading the distinguished members of the Ondo State House of Assembly to embrace the political solution offered by our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the face of an impeachment move against me.

“Our beloved state has witnessed a series of events triggered by the health challenges faced by Mr. Governor, which gave rise to misunderstandings, misconceptions, assumptions, and insinuations, and exploited by political contenders preparing for the upcoming 2024 gubernatorial election. The recent impeachment attempt by the House of Assembly and the ensuing reactions have further created division and chaos, with my loyalty to Mr. Governor being questioned.

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“It is in reference to the above that I hereby tender my unreserved apologies to Mr. Governor and the good people of Ondo State, and I assure that, together, we will both complete this journey with honour, divine guidance and in good health by the grace of God.”

Besides, Aiyedatiwa denied all the allegations peddled against him by those he described as desperate to get rid of him from government ahead of the next election, noting that he will continue to maintain decorum in the face of those false and baseless accusations.

“We have continued to read all sorts of lies against my person in the media. None of it is true. There has never been any issue between Mr. Governor and myself and I have never undermined Mr. Governor. This is a fabricated crisis just for the purpose of election.

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“I remain fully committed to the principles of good governance that Mr. Governor has established, and I pledge my unwavering loyalty to him and I will continue to submit myself under his able, courageous and selfless leadership,” Aiyedatiwa said.

He also distanced himself from groups and individuals holding protests or calling on the governor to resign, stressing that he has never commissioned any individual or group to engage in such campaigns.

The deputy governor thanked the national leadership of the APC for its intervention on the impeachment move against him, pledging his commitment to the reconciliation efforts aimed at restoring peace in the state.

“I have a lot of respect for the Speaker and members of the House of Assembly and members of the State Executive Council and I do not hold any grudge. I want to appeal to all the political actors in the state to allow peace so we can all concentrate on the development of our dear state,” he added.

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