The Ondo State House of Assembly, according to Punch, is still yet to receive an official letter from the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, handing over power to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
The Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, is supposed to take over the governorship seat as Governor Rotimi Akeredolu returns to Germany over his worsening health condition.
Gov Akeredolu has been billed to commence another medical leave on Wednesday December 13 (today).
Governor Akeredolu, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, on Tuesday, communicated the commencement of another medical leave and power transfer to his deputy in line with constitutional provisions. In his absence, the State Deputy Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, will assume responsibilities as acting Governor.
Recall that in November, the speaker of the state assembly Olamide Oladiji, alongside leaders of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), met with President Bola Tinubu over the leadership tussle in the state.
Oladiji revealed that the deputy governor was required to write an undated resignation letter before taking office and that the meeting decided to end all impeachment procedures and legal cases emanating from the party’s power play.
However, the resolutions had not been carried out since the feuding parties refused to withdraw their court cases.
Despite promising to transmit a formal handover letter to the State Assembly officially, Punch Newspaper reports that as of Tuesday evening, the Assembly, which held a closed-door session on Tuesday, had yet to receive any letter from Akeredolu.
A source revealed that the Assembly might be forced to adopt the doctrine of necessity if they do not get the letter from Akeredolu.
The unnamed source at the State Assembly was quoted by Punch Newspaper to have said “The President, during the meeting held on Monday, directed that the House should get the letter transferring power to Aiyedatiwa, if they couldn’t get the letter from the governor; the House should adopt the Doctrine of Necessity.
“They (the lawmakers) deliberated on the matter of the presidential directive, but I am sure the House will come out with something tomorrow (Wednesday). But as I am talking to you, the governor’s letter has not reached the Assembly.”