FRCN reports that the a political group, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Forever Initiative has given Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State 72-hour ultimatum to either resume his duties or hand over power to his deputy for effective management of the state.
Speaking in Abuja, Obande Gideon Obande, the National Coordinator of the PDP Forever Initiative, said it is important not to let Governor Akeredolu’s health condition affect governance and such, he has to hand over power to his deputy.
Obande highlighted past instances, cited the case of former President Umar Musa Yar’Adua, who was sick and unable to transfer power to the Vice President before leaving the country. In that situation, the PDP invoked constitutional powers, allowing the Vice President to serve as Acting President.
Obande also cited the case in Taraba State, where the late Governor Danbaba Suntai had an air crash. The PDP took swift action to address the crisis.
Obande questioned why the APC-led government in Ondo State couldn’t bring order to the State Assembly and promote a harmonious relationship between the Deputy Governor and the Governor’s family.
He said, “What is so difficult about bringing order to the State Assembly and ensuring a smooth working relationship between the Deputy Governor and the sick Governor’s family? Our country belongs to all of us, regardless of political affiliations. Therefore, we cannot stand idly by while our nation suffers.”
The convener of the PDP Forever Initiative sought guidance on the appropriate course of action when the governor is assumed unfit to manage the state and the deputy is not allowed to act.
Obande emphasized that if the governor doesn’t resume duty or hand over power within 72 hours, the PDP Forever Initiative will have no choice than to occupy the Ondo State Government House to reinforce their demand.
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