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Ondo: Aiyedatiwa to chair Exco meeting today

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The Ondo State Executive Council will reconvene today in Akure, the state capital, after a three-month hiatus. 

Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa will preside over the meeting, marking the first such gathering since the warring factions endorsed a peace agreement at a reconciliation meeting hosted by President Bola Tinubu in Abuja over the weekend.

However, certain elite members are voicing opposition to the resolution that requires the deputy governor to submit an undated resignation letter.

Confirming the scheduled meeting, Commissioner for Information and Orientation Bamidele Ademola-Olateju stated that the deputy governor will chair the meeting in his capacity as vice chairman. 

However, when approached by reporters last night, the commissioner could not confirm whether Aiyedatiwa had returned to Akure. Sources, however, indicated that he had returned from Abuja, where he had spent several weeks battling impeachment proceedings initiated by the House of Assembly.

The deputy governor secured a reprieve at the peace meeting, where the House of Assembly was directed to abandon the impeachment plan.

A source remarked, “Exco meeting will be held approximately three months after the last meeting held in Ibadan, presided over by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu upon his return from medical leave in September.”

The fact that the exco meeting will be held on Thursday (today) demonstrates that everyone is adhering to the resolution reached with Tinubu.”

“Our primary focus is the development of Ondo State, and that should be uppermost in the minds of all of us at this time.”

Meanwhile, a group known as the Concerned Elite of Ondo State, led by Dr. Olanrewaju Akeredolu, has criticized the resolution mandating Aiyedatiwa to sign a post-dated resignation letter.

The group further asserted that it is unconstitutional to require unelected political officeholders to monitor elected officials.

The group also chastised the Speaker of the Ondo Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, for reading the resolution on the floor of the Assembly, arguing that President Tinubu could not have issued an order that contravenes the letter and spirit of the constitution.

Additionally, the group accused the Speaker of manipulating facts to suit a particular interest by claiming that there was no agreement to transfer power to Aiyedatiwa.

 

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