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Tinubu, Afenifere urged to intervene in Akeredolu-Aiyedatiwa impasse

A socio-cultural organisation, Egbe Omo Ilaje Worldwide, has called on President Bola Tinubu, Afenifere leadership, and traditional rulers to intervene in a brewing political crisis in Ondo.

The organisation stated this in a communique on Friday in Akure at the end of its meeting by its secretary general, Edamisan Ogunfeyijimi.

According to the organisation, the impeachment move on Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa by the Ondo House of Assembly has put a dent in the state’s image.

The state has been in a political crisis since the House of Assembly began the impeachment process of the deputy governor.

Mr Ogunfeyijimi said only the urgent intervention of Mr Tinubu, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and relevant stakeholders would ensure stability in the polity and peaceful coexistence in the state.

He said the organisation also strongly condemned the prevention of Mr Aiyedatiwa from having access to his principal, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, since his return from medical vacation.

The group urged the two representatives of the community at the assembly, Abayomi Akinruntan, representing Ilaje Constituency I, and Olawumi Obayelu-Fayemi, representing Ilaje Constituency II, to dissociate from the impeachment plot for the interest of Ilaje.

“The National Executive Council (NEC) and the good people of Ilaje nation call on the state and national leadership of APC and President Bola Tinubu to urgently intervene,” said the statement.

It also calls on the authorities “to prevail on the members of Ondo State House of Assembly to discontinue this ill-conceived and politically motivated impeachment plot, to ensure stability in the polity and peaceful coexistence in Ondo.”

Mr Ogunfeyijimi urged the chief justice to reject any request or directives from the speaker to set up a panel to investigate Mr Aiyedatiwa in “a politically motivated impeachment process, in line with Abuja High Court’s restraint.”

(NAN)

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