The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has issued an apology to the State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, regarding the political turmoil in the state resulting from his absence from the state. Speaking during a press conference in Akure, Aiyedatiwa expressed regret for the embarrassment and discomfort the Governor had endured due to the negative news circulating in the state in recent months.
He affirmed his loyalty to the Governor and his dedication to the state’s development. Aiyedatiwa emphasized the importance of calming tensions to restore peace and tranquillity in the Sunshine State.
Aiyedatiwa acknowledged Governor Akeredolu’s intervention in persuading the members of the Ondo State House of Assembly to embrace a political solution proposed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) amid an impeachment attempt against him. He attributed the recent unrest in the state to misunderstandings and political maneuvering, exacerbated by the Governor’s health challenges, which was exploited by contenders preparing for the 2024 gubernatorial election.
He also clarified that allegations against him were baseless and that he would maintain decorum despite false accusations. Aiyedatiwa emphasized that there had never been an issue between him and the Governor, and the crisis was manufactured for electoral purposes.
He distanced himself from groups and individuals organizing protests or calling for the Governor’s resignation, stating that he had never authorized any such campaigns.
Aiyedatiwa expressed gratitude to the national leadership of the APC for their intervention in the impeachment proceedings and committed to supporting reconciliation efforts aimed at restoring peace in the state.
He further extended his respect to the Speaker, members of the House of Assembly, and the State Executive Council, emphasizing his lack of grudges. He appealed to all political actors in the state to prioritize peace and focus on the state’s development.
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