The political turmoil in Ondo State witnessed a fresh development on Tuesday when the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, disclosed that the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, is anticipated to endorse an undated resignation letter.
The Speaker clarified that this action aligns with the accord brokered by party leaders during a reconciliation meeting facilitated by President Bola Tinubu at Aso Villa, Abuja, over the weekend and attended by stakeholders in the state. This step involves the submission of an unsigned resignation letter, as per the agreed-upon terms.
The situation in the state has been tense due to the power struggles among political figures since Governor Rotimi Akeredolu's return from his three-month medical trip to Germany on September 7.
Since his return, Akeredolu hasn't set foot in Ondo and hasn't resumed his duties from Aiyedatiwa, to whom he had handed over power before his trip abroad.
The effective execution of the resolutions faces challenges due to conflicting interpretations of the terms of the agreement by some of the key figures involved.
During Tuesday's plenary session, lawmakers were briefed on the outcome of the peace conference. In a notable development, legislators rejected proposals put forth by certain members aiming to designate Ayedatiwa as the acting governor.
As per the Speaker's statement while reading the prepared text, additional terms of the agreement established during the meeting with the President include: halting the impeachment proceedings against the deputy governor, retracting court cases by Ayedatiwa, upholding the existing state in the party, House of Assembly, and State Executive Council, ensuring Ayedatiwa's role solely as the deputy governor without assuming the role of acting governor, and demonstrating loyalty by the deputy governor to Governor Akeredolu.
Reflecting on the conflicts, Oladiji explained: “Our actions or inactions were governed, guided and directed by the rules of law, even though futile efforts were made to blackmail and throw a spanner in our wheel as a body of lawmakers.
“We just witnessed democracy at play. Democracy, in my view, is a form of participatory government that provides for give and take, checks and balances.
“It is a process in which the actions and or inactions of the ruler and the ruled are guided by the constitutions and the rule of law.
“The event which we all have just witnessed provided an avenue for assessment and reassessment. It was a win-win situation.”