According to a statement from the presidency, the conflict between Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his deputy Lucky Aiyedatiwa in Ondo State has been resolved and Akeredolu remains the state’s governor.
Chief Ajuri Ngelale, the President’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, released a statement countering rumors that state legislators received instructions from President Bola Tinubu to appoint Ayedatiwa as the acting governor.
Previously, the deputy governor, lawmakers, and others involved had agreed to maintain the status quo after discussions with the President and state officials, including members of the All Progressives Congress, held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
In the statement, the Presidency affirmed that Akeredolu remains the governor.
The statement read, “In his bid to restore political stability in Ondo State, President Bola Tinubu, late on Friday, waded into the months-long crisis between factions loyal to the Executive Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, and the Deputy Governor, Aiyedatiwa.
This followed marathon negotiations between the President and the Deputy Governor, representatives of Governor Akeredolu, federal and state lawmakers of Ondo, officials of the state’s chapter of the All Progressives Congress, and other stakeholders in the state at the State House, Abuja.
“The President advised all opposing parties to bury the hatchet and embrace peace, eliciting commitments to this effect.
“This means that Governor Akeredolu remains the Chief Executive of the State, Aiyedatiwa remains Deputy Governor, and members of the State Executive Council continue their respective duties, even as the leadership of the State’s House of Assembly and the APC Chapter in Ondo State is preserved.”