In an open letter addressed to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Mr. Donald Ayibiowu, a lawyer, has urged the governor not to make his deputy, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa a scapegoat over the allegations brought against him by the state house of assembly. Ayibiowu, who hails from Okelusi Town in Ondo State, penned this letter, which was made available to the media on a Wednesday in Abuja.
The letter, titled “An Open Letter to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, Regarding the Ongoing Impeachment Proceedings Against the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa; A Plea for Leadership, Restraint, Caution, and Focus in Ondo State Governance,” is dated September 20.
During a legislative session, the state’s lawmakers accused Aiyedatiwa of engaging in serious misconduct during his tenure as acting governor. They formally notified the deputy governor, giving him seven days to respond, signalling the commencement of the impeachment process.
Ayibiowu began his letter by congratulating Akeredolu on his swift recovery and return from medical treatment abroad. However, he expressed concern that, in Akeredolu’s absence, the state was left in a state of disarray due to factors such as intense political maneuvering, rumor-spreading, and sycophancy.
The lawyer urged the governor to take full control of Ondo State’s affairs, even though he was still recovering in his Ibadan home. He criticized the ongoing impeachment of Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa as unnecessary and stated that Aiyedatiwa should not be made a scapegoat for the chaotic situation in the state during Akeredolu’s absence.
Ayibiowu emphasized that the governor should adopt a fair and impartial approach, refraining from taking sides in the ongoing dispute, as it would hinder effective governance and damage the state’s reputation.
He suggested that if certain influential figures within the state had personal grievances against Aiyedatiwa, they should resolve them privately without jeopardizing the state’s peace and integrity.
Ayibiowu clarified that he was not personally acquainted with Aiyedatiwa and did not intend to defend him. He pointed out that, as acting governor, Aiyedatiwa had the opportunity to make significant changes but refrained from doing so, implying that he shouldn’t be labeled a saint either.
Furthermore, Ayibiowu advised Governor Akeredolu that if he decided to pursue Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa’s impeachment, it should be done in accordance with the law and with respect for judicial procedures, referencing a Supreme Court ruling on the removal of governors and deputy governors.
In conclusion, Ayibiowu urged Governor Akeredolu to maintain order among those involved in the impeachment process, focus on completing his term effectively, unite his team, motivate them, and concentrate on delivering the promises he made to the people of Ondo State.
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