The Commissioner for Information in Ondo State, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, has revealed that, as part of President Bola Tinubu’s involvement in the state’s political turmoil, he asked Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa for a signed resignation letter.
On Thursday, Deputy Governor Aiyedatiwa presided over the state’s executive council meeting, marking a significant moment following the prolonged impasse. Tinubu played a pivotal role by convening the warring factions loyal to Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa for a resolution.
The Presidency clarified that Akeredolu retains his position as governor, and Aiyedatiwa remains the deputy governor following Tinubu’s intervention.
However, Commissioner for Information Bamidele Ademola-Olateju revealed on Channels Television’s Lunchtime Politics that President Tinubu requested a signed undated resignation letter from the deputy governor as a precautionary measure.
“First of all before I even talk about the Abuja meeting I just want to thank the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for being a very good leader, wielding into the crisis in Ondo State.
“His intervention has cooled the temperature that was just going haywire in Ondo State, we thank him. At the Abuja meeting, key decisions were made by Mr President who is the leader of our party the All Progressives Congress. Those key decisions were that the status quo in the state be maintained.
“He decided that the executive council must not be dissolved under any condition and the party structure should be maintained, that the leadership of the House of Assembly should be intact and he nominated three people; the Secretary to the State Government, the party chairman and the speaker of the house to be the enforcers and to forestall further problems.
“He asked for the signed resignation letter of Honourable Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Deputy Governor undated in case anything untoward happens, so that is what I know,” the commissioner said.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State House of Assembly and its Speaker withdrew an appeal filed before the Court of Appeal, Abuja.
The appeal challenged the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, Abuja, which had halted the planned impeachment of Aiyedatiwa. During the proceedings, counsel Remi Olatobura informed the three-member panel of justices that the appeal was withdrawn in the interest of peace, part of an agreement reached by the parties involved.
Respondents in the appeal acknowledged being served with the notice of withdrawal and expressed no objection. Subsequently, Justice Haruna Tsammani, leading the panel, dismissed the appeal.