The Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, has confirmed that President Bola Tinubu personally directed the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to sign an undated letter of resignation during a peace meeting in Abuja. This intervention by President Tinubu aimed to ease the political crisis that has been ongoing in the state for the past three months.
During an interview on Channels Television’s Lunchtime Politics on Friday, Ademola-Olateju expressed gratitude to President Tinubu for his leadership in addressing the crisis. He outlined key decisions made during the Abuja meeting, including maintaining the status quo in the state, preserving the executive council, and keeping the party structure intact. President Tinubu nominated individuals to enforce these decisions and requested Aiyedatiwa’s signed, undated resignation letter as a precautionary measure.
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly had previously revealed that President Tinubu instructed Aiyedatiwa to sign the undated resignation letter. Despite a semblance of calmness in the state after the meeting, concerns linger over Aiyedatiwa’s position as the State House of Assembly considers its next steps in the ongoing political turmoil. The withdrawal of an appeal against a Federal High Court ruling that halted the planned impeachment adds to the complexity of the situation.