Division Erupts in Ondo State Assembly Over Governorship Endorsement

Tensions flared in the Ondo State House of Assembly as 13 lawmakers disowned Speaker Olamide Oladiji’s endorsement of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa’s gubernatorial bid, prompting a vote of no confidence in the Speaker’s leadership.

The rift stemmed from Oladiji’s declaration of support for Aiyedatiwa’s candidacy during the governor’s formal announcement of his intention to contest the November 12 Ondo State governorship election. Despite Oladiji’s assertion that the entire Assembly stood behind Aiyedatiwa, 13 lawmakers rebuked the Speaker, claiming they were not consulted and did not endorse Aiyedatiwa’s candidacy.

In a statement signed by the lawmakers, they emphasized that the Assembly had not deliberated on any gubernatorial aspirant’s ambition, let alone agreed to support a particular candidate. They accused Oladiji of overstepping his authority and misrepresenting the Assembly, leading to disrepute and unnecessary controversy.

The Assembly’s history of contention with Aiyedatiwa resurfaced, with tensions dating back to last year when members plotted to impeach him over alleged misconduct during his tenure as deputy governor/acting governor. However, the situation eased when Aiyedatiwa assumed the governorship following Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s demise.

In response to the Assembly’s division, the Lucky Aiyedatiwa Campaign Organisation Foot Soldiers appealed for peace, emphasizing the governor’s commitment to fostering harmony in the state. They urged Assembly members to prioritize unity and collaboration to advance the state’s interests.

As the APC governorship primary approaches on April 24, Aiyedatiwa will contend with several aspirants, including former government officials and prominent figures within the party.

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