Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has voiced his scepticism regarding the involvement of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, in the state House of Assembly's efforts to impeach his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
The Ondo State House of Assembly has lodged various allegations against Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa as part of the ongoing impeachment process.
Lucky Aiyedatiwa previously held the position of acting governor until September 7, 2023, when Governor Rotimi Akeredolu returned from a three-month medical leave in Germany. This situation has led to suspicions pointing toward Governor Akeredolu regarding the impeachment proceedings.
However, in defence of Governor Akeredolu, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, appearing as a guest on Channels Television's "Politics Today" program on Thursday, expressed his belief that Governor Akeredolu harbours no intention of inciting political turmoil in the state.
“You know how politics go in Nigeria, people just cook up all manner of allegations in respect with whatever political allegations that they have.
“I know his excellency, the governor of Ondo state as a man of courage, transparency and accountability. I am sure he is not involved in all this.
“I believe that in the course of time, he will play his fatherly role and call all the gladiators to order and let governance take its centre stage in that state. I don’t think that this is the time for this kind of political tension,” said Adegboruwa.
According to the SAN, in order for progress and unification to occur, the political landscape must reach a stage where those in positions of authority must find a way to put aside their own interests to advance governance.
“My grouse is simply that these opportunities for people to leave their state correctly should not be dwarfed by matters of lack of due process in order to make sure the responsibility entrusted to them by the people is executed faithfully.
“The governor and the deputy are from the same political party, that is why I asked that his intervention is necessary because he claims to be in support of the governor because allegedly the acting governor was disloyal when he was acting in his absence which I believe probably may not be the case.