- Some top officials in the Ondo government house are trying to hijack power from Governor Akeredolu following his prolonged illness
- A senior lawyer raised this alarm at a recent interview and alleged that the officials now sign documents on behalf of the Ondo governor
- Kayode Ajulo (SAN) said he had already called for an investigation into the troubling matter
Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.
Ondo state, Akure - The political crisis in the Ondo state government house has taken a fresh twist.
As reported by The Punch, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Kayode Ajulo, on Monday, December 4, alleged that some top officials working directly with the Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, were signing documents on his behalf.
According to Ajulo, five commissioners sent memos to the ailing governor, and they all returned with approval that had noticeable disparities.
The legal luminary disclosed on Arise TV's Morning Show programme, where he noted that the deputy governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, could not take over from the governor since power had not been transferred to him constitutionally.
He also alleged that this development might pave the way for the hijack of state governance by the cabals in Ondo state, The New Telegraph reported.
“I have it on good authority as a lawyer. Some of the commissioners, about five of them, sent memos to the governor, and they all returned with approval.
“Going through the approval compared to what the governor had approved when he was hale (sic) and hearty, there are notable disparities in them.
“The Police and Administration of Justice Act has made it clear that there can be private investigators into the issue as such, and they have been contacted, but their results after the investigation are so damning.
“The purported signature is not from the governor. It is so apparent.”
Tinubu asks Akeredolu's deputy to sign resignation letter
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that President Bola Tinubu demanded an unsigned resignation letter from the embattled Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who was facing impeachment threat from some lawmakers over a call to declare him as the acting governor of the state.
Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership had to step in to arrest the situation.
All stakeholders, including Aiyedatiwa, were invited to a meeting with the president, where they were told to maintain the status quo.
Gov Akeredolu begins payment of N35,000 wage award
Also, Legit.ng reported earlier that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu approved the payment of N35,000 wage award for the workers in the state.
According to the state government, the N35,000 wage would commence in November and last for six months.
Kayode Ogundele, the state's head of service, made this known on Thursday, November 30, 2023, during the meeting between the government and the labour leaders.