A Sociocultural/political organization, Atunluse Initiatives has admonished Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to free the state from stagnation by handing over to his Deputy, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa in line with the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, to enable him (Akeredolu) concentrate on his medical treatment and quick recovery.
It’s unfortunate that those hiding the Governor from the masses are not doing such because they love him, it is very obvious that they are keeping him away from us and equally blocking the handing over to an acting governor for pecuniary gains. It’s all in the interest of their pockets and a means to callously milk the state dry.
Atunluse in a statement signed by it’s Secretary on behalf of the Chairman, Otunba Akinsola Akinbobola said the organization will not continue to play the ostrich by joining others in pretending all is well with the state. The state and it’s citizens are seriously suffering. The absence of Akeredolu or an acting governor is being felt by the people.
The statement added that Ondo State is presently in a state of confusion, nobody is giving orders on state of affairs, aside payment of workers salaries nothing concrete is happening in various sectors of governance in the state.
The organization refered to the recent boundary dispute between Ondo State and Ogun State as a testimony that Ondo State is running on autopilot, whereby no constituted authority could make a categorical statement on the development, other than just a press statement from one commissioner to another, enough is enough. The absence of Ondo state at National meetings where other state governors or deputy governors are present is an insult to our sensibilities.
Governor Akeredolu returned to Nigeria two months ago after a medical vacation and had since stayed in his residence in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, ‘we the people of the state have not set our eyes on him. “All we hear is “he said, he said, the governor said”. How long are we going to continue like this, whereby nobody is standing-in for the interest of the state at the national level, Ondo State is bigger than any individual or cabal, these elements should allow the masses to breath jaré!”.
“It’s high time the Governor or his Deputy come out to address the masses that entrusted them with our mandate.”
“There is a vacuum in Ondo State government, and this must stop, the deputy governor has been distracted by impeachment treats, which has led him to embark on save my soul missions, junketing from Ondo to Lagos to Abuja and others in an attempt to save his seat. No one is on ground both Governor and Deputy.
“On this note, we call on the Governor to hand over to the number three man in command, which is the Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly to step in and act as governor, we can’t continue to be governed by proxy.
“While, we continue to pray for the quick recovery of the Governor, we urged him to do the needful by freeing the state from stagnation.”
Comrade Sulaiman Otache,
for the chairman, Atunluse Initiatives