By Milcah Tanimu
The Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, to hand over power to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, due to the governor’s ill-health and absence. The PDP expressed concern over the economic impact of Akeredolu’s health condition on the state, alleging that a cabal in the government is taking advantage of the situation.
Fatai Adams, the state chairman of the PDP, raised issues about the lack of clear leadership in the government, with the governor on sick leave and the deputy governor facing political challenges. Adams stated that the absence of effective leadership is affecting the state’s development and well-being, with financial resources being mismanaged.
The PDP called on Akeredolu to follow the advice he gave to late President Umaru Yar‘Adua when he was ill, which is to prioritize health over political considerations. They urged the governor to transmit power to the deputy governor in line with constitutional provisions, considering his current health condition.
Akeredolu has been away from the state, staying at his private residence in Ibadan, Oyo State, after returning from a medical vacation in Germany in September. The calls for his return or the declaration of his incapacity have prompted discussions about the need for a smooth transition to ensure effective governance in the state.