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Ondo Will Immortalise Akeredolu – Aiyedatiwa Vows

Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State has made a promise to the people of the state.
He vowed to immortalize his late boss, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who died a few days ago.
Aiyedatiwa, who said a befitting state burial would be given to the former governor, stated that all the projects initiated by Akeredolu that were yet to be completed will be finished.
The governor, who stated this in his New Year broadcast to the people of the state, maintained that as the state gears towards governorship polls, the state’s political space would be dominated by ideas and attacks.
Aiyedatiwa warned politicians against acts capable of causing unrest in the state ahead of the party primaries and governorship polls.
According to him, no form of violence would be tolerated, and he appealed to the political actors to play by the rules of the game.
“As we are all aware, this is also the year for our governorship election. Expectedly, political activities will gain prominence as we march towards the election.
“However, let me implore all political parties, aspirants, and their followers to eschew violent conduct that can threaten the peace and tranquillity of our state and ensure that they strictly follow the guidelines issued by the electoral umpire.”
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Ondo Assembly Asks Aiyedatiwa To Withdraw Suits

The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has been asked by the State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, to withdraw all the lawsuits filed against the impeachment process as part of the condition for settling the matter.

The Assembly had on Tuesday halted the impeachment process against the embattled deputy governor, following the intervention of the national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, who met with some members of the Assembly and some party leaders in Abuja.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Mr Olatunji Oshati, said, “The Speaker expressed the desire of the House leadership to further consult with members of the House cutting across party lines, on the political solution as proposed by the APC.

“The House, therefore, hopes that in the same spirit of genuine wish for a political solution, the deputy governor would take immediate steps to withdraw the multiple court cases he filed over the same impeachment.

“This would allow the stakeholders to freely discuss the settlement proposals and prevent actions or comments over a matter that is still sub judice.”

Aiyedatiwa had filed suits both in Abuja and Akure to challenge his impeachment.

Meanwhile, the Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Wednesday, lambasted an aide to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Dr Doyin Odebowale, over his comments on the governor’s whereabouts.

Odebowale, who is the governor’s Special Adviser on Special Duty and Strategy, had while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today, on Tuesday, justified why Akeredolu had not returned to Ondo State after he came back from his prolonged medical vacation in Germany.

Responding to Odebowale’s comments on Wednesday, the Ondo PDP Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Peretei, described Odebowale’s submission as illogical.

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Ondo: I Remain Loyal To Akeredolu, Says Deputy

Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Ondo State deputy governor, on Tuesday, reiterated his loyalty to his boss and state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu.

Aiyedatiwa said some reports making the rounds in recent times about his purported disloyalty to his boss were lies and aimed at causing disaffection between him and the governor.

The deputy governor stated this on Tuesday in a statement through his media aide, Mr. Kenneth Odusola-Stevenson. The statement was titled, ‘The fabricated lies against the deputy governor of Ondo State: the blackmailers are at it again.’

According to the statement, the reports were spread by some faceless groups and individuals in the state to soil his image for political reasons.

The statement read, “We need to remind the public that this is a continuation of the blackmail started by these same characters some months ago, with false stories planted in some media outlets against the deputy governor. However, since those lies did not yield the result they envisaged, the blackmailers have returned with fake stories about disloyalty, aimed at causing disaffection between him and the governor.

“These faceless individuals who have been hiding their identities because what they are putting out are pure fabrications, are being sponsored by those who are threatened by the profile of the deputy governor, his relationship with his boss, and the goodwill he enjoys with the people.

“Many stakeholders have commended the deputy governor for the way he handled state affairs while he was Acting Governor, despite all his detractors did to provoke him into taking drastic actions. He avoided their booby traps and they tripped on their own banana peels.”

The statement also declared that the deputy governor was in constant touch with his principal on official state matters and there was no gap between them.

“Now that Mr. Governor is back and has started working, the deputy governor remains calm and committed to the duties of his office and unruffled by the lies of desperate politicians and their agents. The deputy governor remains loyal to his principal and no amount of fabricated lies will change that,” the statement submitted.