The Ondo Progressives Network (OPN) has issued a stern call to the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, urging him to uphold the resolutions reached during a recent meeting with President Bola Tinubu amidst escalating political tensions. The group voiced its concern over speculations that Aiyedatiwa is collaborating with some members of the House of Assembly to assume the role of acting governor.
In a statement released in Akure, the state capital, and signed by its publicity secretary, Ogunika Taiwo, OPN warned against any deviation from the agreed-upon resolution, emphasizing that such actions would be construed as insubordination and a blatant display of disrespect.
The statement highlighted the group’s observation of growing discontent within Aiyedatiwa’s camp following the meeting with President Tinubu. Ogunika Taiwo expressed concern over the activities of the deputy governor’s aides and close allies, noting a divergence from the stance endorsed by President Tinubu and other stakeholders present at the Abuja meeting.
Emphasizing the need for unity, the OPN stressed the significance of adhering to the decisions made during the meeting with Tinubu, calling on all members of the administration to collaborate for the collective goal of advancing the interests and development of Ondo State.
The group reaffirmed its confidence in the leadership of President Tinubu and urged Aiyedatiwa to prioritize the welfare and progress of the state over personal ambitions. It cautioned against actions that could undermine the unity of the administration, emphasizing the amicable compromise reached in Abuja as a commendable step towards peace and stability in Ondo State.
Expressing disappointment in the reported plots by the deputy governor and some members of the House of Assembly to declare him acting governor against the Abuja resolutions, OPN labeled such actions as insubordination and gross disrespect to the office of the President. The group called on Aiyedatiwa to resist the allure of desperation and power, urging him to continue serving as deputy governor without forcefully attempting to seize power.
In a final plea, the group urged Aiyedatiwa to maintain peace in Ondo State, calling on him to rein in his followers and allies. It questioned the deputy governor’s motives, given the assurances provided by President Tinubu regarding his tenure, and appealed for a focus on upholding the integrity and principles synonymous with Ondo State.