A Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC), in Ondo State, Otunba Dele Ologbese, has described the outbursts and rantings of Speaker of State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.Olamide Oladiji on the constitutional crisis rocking the state as a threat to democracy in the country.
Ologbese said the position of the Speaker on the persistent absence of Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu from office in the State Capital, Akure after arriving the country from his medical tourism in Germany over three months ago and all his inglorious attempts at manipulating the peace resolutions in favour of the cabals ripping off State’s commonwealths with impunity as laughable, scandalous and least expected from a supposedly leader of independent arm of government.
The Coordinator of Advocacy For Good Governance in a chat with newsmen added that the Speaker and his ilks who shared same ideals on the current political instability in Ondo State are enemies of the people who entrusted them with governance.
He averred that the actions of the Speaker and his cohorts should be outrightly condemned by all and sundry for towing dishonorable paths on such a serious and delicate matter.
His words; “Rt. Hon Olamide Oladiji had demonstrated in actions, words, dispositions and body languages he is a highly compromised elected public officer who had consistently shown grave disregard for rule of law and all it stands for and also values what goes into his private pockets.”
“It’s highly disheartening that all top government’s functionaries including the Speaker, Secretary to the State Government, Oladunni Odu, Ondo APC Chairman, Ade Adetimehin, Special Adviser on Union Matters, Dare Aragbaye and host of others who went on peace parley to Abuja haven’t only brought venomous shame on themselves and Ondo State, they have demonstrated naivety and strong disdain for Nigeria’s constitution and the rule of law.”
If we painstakingly read Mr President’s mindset one could see clearly he wasn’t so keen on wadding into the self-made political schism in Ondo State, believing it was internal issue which can reasonably be resolved amongst feuding without recourse to external bodies.
“It’s not unlikely that Mr. President tactically or cautiously consented to all the manipulated dummies sold to him by Akeredolu’s aides in ending the crisis which had no antecedents in global constitutional democracy “
“Sincerely speaking, I never believe Mr President a lover of rule of law or good governance could cheaply conceeded to such illegal resolutions capable of throwing up the State into political turmoil in the absence of Governor Akeredolu who hadn’t shown his face in Ondo State in the past six months, address his people through broadcast on radio or television as the usual case nor convened any EXCO meeting due to his deteriorating health is illegally empowered to run State’s affairs by proxy from his private residence in Ibadan, Oyo State”.
It’s quite preposterous that a sitting Deputy Governor who’s expected to be sworn in as Acting Governor would be the one to be coersed to sign a silly undated letter of resignation as parts of conditions precedent to guaranteeing peace in the polity while Mr Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu who is incapacitated in administering the State is to continue to run State’s affairs by proxy rather than been prevailed upon to step down for his Deputy in line with constitutional provisions.
The only feasible panacea to ongoing constitutional crisis is for all progressive minded people including APC elders in the State and national level, traditional rulers, religious leaders, labour unions, traders, artisans, students and other public spirited individuals and groups to quickly prevail on Mr Governor to step down and transmit power to his Deputy towards filling the big vacuum created in governance caused by his long absence from his office in Akure.
“Recalled that in 2009, the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA under the leadership of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, rose from its National Executive Committee meeting in Zodiac Hotel, Enugu and resolved that President Yar’Adua should hand over power to his Deputy, Goodluck Jonathan in acting capacity and in keeping with relevant constitutional provisions or resign in the event of incapacitation due to ill health”.
“The principle of necessity was invoked, and Goodluck Jonathan eventually became Acting President. Governor Akeredolu will go down in history if he toes this exemplary democratic principle when he was NBA President towards liberating Ondo State from anarchism and anachronism.