APC Chieftain Tells Aiyedatiwa Not To Reshuffle The Cabinet.
Barrister Sola Ajisafe, a lawyer and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, has advised the acting governor, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa, against reshuffling the State Executive Council (EXCO) amidst the ongoing political crisis, according to reports on Vanguard.
Speaking on a radio program in Akure, the state capital, Ajisafe claimed that the proposed reshuffling, including redeploying the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Commissioner for Finance, contradicts the 1999 constitution and the agreement reached with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu during a peace meeting in Abuja.
Citing constitutional provisions, Ajisafe stated, “Section 190 of the Constitution did not give the Deputy Governor the power to reshuffle the cabinet.” He emphasized that the Acting Governor has the right to act on behalf of the governor but not to override the governor’s decisions.
The APC Chieftain expressed concern about recent actions, such as freezing local government accounts and the Chief of Protocol’s removal, as undermining the office of the governor.
He argued that these actions, coupled with protests demanding Akeredolu’s resignation, suggest Aiyedatiwa’s intentions to succeed his boss through any means.
Ajisafe criticized the Acting Governor for not making efforts to reconcile warring factions after President Bola Tinubu’s meeting on the state’s crisis. Instead, he claimed Aiyedatiwa recruited non-state actors to protest, accusing them of having their own agenda.
Highlighting the inconsistency of these protesters’ actions, Ajisafe noted their absence during critical moments in the state’s affairs.
He accused them of returning from Abuja with an agenda to undermine Akeredolu’s administration.