Tinubu, Assembly violate constitution on resignation of Aiyedatiwa…..Ondo Elites

a group, under the auspicies of the Concerned Elites of Ondo State, has faulted the resolutions of the meeting with President Tinubu, saying, asking unelected people to monitor elected official was contrary to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The group, in the statement, jointly issued by the leaders of the group, Dr. Olanrewaju Akeredolu and Chief Adeola Fagbayibo, said the speaker goofed about the resolution read on the floor of the Assembly and that the President could not have given an order that contradicted the letter and spirit of the constitution.

The statement read in part, “We have noticed that Mr Speaker, for reasons known to him, deliberately twisted facts to suit a certain interest by asserting that there was no agreement to transfer power to the Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, following the prolonged absence of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

“While reading the major conditions of status quo put forward at the meeting – which include retaining the cabinet, Assembly leadership and party leadership as currently constituted in the State – Mr. Speaker refused to mention that those conditions were hinged on Aiyedatiwa gaining acting governorship status.

“It is common knowledge that a deputy governor does not have the constitutional power to dissolve the State Executive Council. That power is vested in the governor and can only be exrcised by the deputy governor if he is acting governor.

“The question that the people of Ondo State should ask Mr. Speaker is: if directive of Mr. President is for Aiyedatiwa not to be named acting governor, why then was he made to issue a commitment not to dissolve the cabinet or change the leaderships of the Assembly and party? If he remains as deputy governor, does he have the power to dissolve the cabinet?

The statement further read, “For the sake of clarity, the President indeed maintained that Akeredolu remains governor and Aiyedatiwa remains his deputy. However, since the absence of the governor has been prolonged and a vacuum created, the Assembly was asked to give Aiyedatiwa the power to act as governor pending the return of Akeredolu to office.

“The Speaker mentioned that Aiyedatiwa was asked by the President to sign an undated resignation letter but Mr. Speaker refused to mention that, that commitment was predicated on the deputy governor becoming acting governor. The undated resignation letter was to serve as insurance in case he refuses to relinquish power upon the return of Akeredolu to office.

“When Mr. President ‘appointed’ the Speaker, the party chairman and the SSG to act as monitors of the implementation of the resolutions reached, their job was to ensure that Aiyedatiwa as acting governor does not deviate from the resolutions. There is absolutely nothing to monitor in a deputy governor that has no constitutional powers. ”