Tension as Akeredolu, Aiyedatiwa’s supporters plan massive protests in Ondo
Tensions are running high in Ondo State following the move by supporters of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to embark on massive protests over political developments in the state.
The Guardian gathered that the supporters of the deputy governor were planning to stage a protest against Akeredolu over his continued absence from the state since his return from medical vacation about three months ago.
Aiyedatiwa’s supporters are also demanding that the governor should resign from office and his deputy be sworn in as substantive governor.
With the plan of Aiyedatiwa’s camp known to Akeredolu, supporters of the governor in turn revealed that they would be embarking on a counter-protest against the deputy governor over allegations of gross misconduct brought against him by the House of Assembly.
The potential clash between the two camps has raised concerns about possible violence and unrest in the state. Prominent among those pushing for the protest is a former member of the House of Representatives, Kolade Akinjo.
Akinjo, who disclosed the move on social media, said: “All the progressives must be ready to join a full-day protest in Akure devoid of party coloration. A huge protest will send a message to all those holding the Constitution to ransom.
“Ondo State is bleeding, and everything is happening to the state now. Corruption is at its peak, and we don’t know who is in the saddle. Let’s go there. I am ready to lead. Eight years of legislative experience is not a joke. I am tired of the rubbish happening in Ondo State.”
Meanwhile, the Ondo Congress for Progressives Front (OCPF) has called on both Aiyedatiwa and Akeredolu’s supporters to sheathe their swords and allow peace to reign.
The group, in a statement by its coordinator, Olayemi Oyekanmi, expressed concerns about the adverse effects the planned protests would have on the peace and security of the state.
“As much as we recognise protest as a legitimate right of citizens, we are concerned about the security threat it poses to the state.
“We are calling on the security agencies to prevent these planned protests from happening in the interest of peace and security of the state.
However, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Funmi Odunlami, said the Command was not aware of plans by some supporters to stage protests with the intention of bringing the state to a standstill.
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