…PDP knows nothing about governance — Ondo Majority Leader

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state has called on the state Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

The PDP, in a statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Kennedy Peretei, said Akeredolu should be impeached “for violation of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended”.

Peretei said, “The time has come for the Ondo State House of Assembly to immediately begin the impeachment process of Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN.

“It is no longer news that Ondo State has been on auto-pilot for nearly six months, grounding all activities of the government due to the ill health of the Governor.

“Unfortunately, rather than tell the citizens the truth, most of Akeredolu’s handlers have resorted to insulting the sensibilities of the people by making a public show of their ignorance. The handling of Akeredolu’s condition by his aides has robbed the Governor of public sympathy.

“The Constitution envisaged that, it is possible for a State Governor to be ill or incapacitated as it is the case with Akeredolu now and therefore made safeguards.

“Section 193(2) states expressly that “the Governor of a state shall hold regular meetings with the Deputy Governor and all Commissioners of the Government of the State for the purposes of –
a. Determine the general direction of policies of the state” amongst other provisions.”

The PDP Spokesman who was curious of the last time Akeredolu held a State Executive Council meeting said “it is not a crime to be ill, but that will not be reason an entire state must be brought to her knees.

“Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) Ondo State Chapter calls on the State Assembly to invoke sections 189(1) to cause a Medical Panel to be instituted to ascertain Akeredolu’s medical status and do the needful in the interest of the people of the state.

“Our party wishes to urge the Governor’s aides to stop ridiculing themselves by defending the indefensible and standing logic on its head”, the statement concluded.

However, the Ondo Assembly has urged residents of the state to ignore the PDP because it lacked knowledge of the duties of a Governor.

Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon Oluwole Ogunmolasuyi, said Akeredolu has not breached any aspect of the Constitution as he has been performing his constitutional duties.

According to him, “The Governor is doing his duties. Everything is going on well in the state. We have met with the Governor and all those that want to meet with him.

“If the Governor is not doing what he is supposed to do, we will question him. He has signed all bills brought before him. What we know is that the PDP is a dead party. They cannot stipulate the duties of a Governor.”

The Majority Leader quipped that the PDP is not in the know whether the State Executive Council meeting held or not.

Ogunmolasuyi added that the Assembly has noted ongoing developmental projects across the state including prompt payment of salaries and clearing of backlog of salary arrears.

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