A legal practitioner, Chief Tolu Babaleye, has threatened to drag members of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led cabinet before Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) if they failed to cooperate with the Acting Governor, Hon Lucky Aiyedatiwa to design palliatives that would cushion the impact of the fuel subsidy removal on the people of the state.>>>Continue Reading…
The maverick lawyer, who handed down the warning on Sunday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, expressed displeasure over alleged nonparticipation of the state government in the decision-making of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led government as a result of the absence of the state Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who is on medical leave.
Babaleye, who’s also a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, declared that the state government under the leadership of the Acting Governor, Aiyedatiwa, should, as matter of urgency, hold State Executive Council and Security Council meeting to discuss on how to ameliorate the pains of the fuel subsidy removal on the populace.
He also alleged that the state government didn’t have input in the selection of nominees for ministerial positions in the President Tinubu’s governmenti.
According to a statement he personally signed, Babaleye said: “As it is at the moment, it seems apparent that we are rudderless and seems as if we don’t have leaders that can fill in the gap for the recuperating Governor in Ondo State at the moment and this is due to distrust, mistrust and working at cross purposes by those who should be in charge.
“The cabinet of Ondo State seems to be thinking that we are spectators
or audience in a cinema house in the absence of Arakunrin Akeredolu. They must have thought this State belongs to them alone as they may not be telling us the truth and the actual situation of things.>>>Continue Reading…
“The administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, its policies and politics have created a lot of challenges that desire a critical thinking and seriousness to navigate, but unfortunately this is the time that the cabinet of Ondo State Government has chosen to dance naked in the open without a clear-cut sense of direction.
“The Acting Governor:- I hope His Excellency knows what it means to be acting in the full paraphernalia of the office of the governor and stop giving excuses. I dare asked the following questions:-
“How many times has the Acting Governor called the State Executive meeting to discuss the challenges of the economy of the State with the cabinet?
“Is it true that they have refused to even open the cabinet chambers for him or doesn’t it even occur to the Deputy Governor that he has the right to fire anybody that refused to honour such meetings or respect the chain of command and authority or dissolve the entire cabinet if he so wishes? (I am not calling for dissolution anyway).
“How many times has he called state security meeting, or has it not occurred to the Acting Governor that this is not the State of security in Ondo State when Aketi was so active and in charge? Herdsmen and kidnappers are now gradually returning to Ondo State. The Acting Governor should act fast on our security in Ondo State and make Amotekun, the police, DSS, NSCDC, our military and informal security through our Obas to be working optimally by releasing funds to them.
“We may have constructively opposed Arakunrin Akeredolu in the past, yet we love him and we want him to succeed and get well soon but if those holding sway for him refused to maintain decorum, then we will have no choice than to release all the facts we have to the public including engaging the services of the EFCC and ICPC at this time.
“Mr. Acting Governor sir, you still have more questions to answer:- The good people of Ondo State want to know what measures are put in place to nominate the minister and other appointees that will fit into the aspiration and yearning of the Ondo State and fill the space allocated to Ondo State in the Bola Tinubu’s administration in the absence of Governor Akeredolu. We also need to know those names.
“We are not happy that Ondo State was absent and not represented in some Federal functions and gatherings sometimes ago just because our Governor is temporarily indisposed.
“What are the measures you have put in place since the last 21 days that power was transmitted to you, to ameliorate the suffering of ondo State people since the removal of fuel subsidies as we have witnessed in some States like Kwara, Edo and Borno?
“Don’t you think it is time to look at school bus shuttle that are abandoned at the presmises of the ministry of transport with the aim of resuscitation or is it true that the buses have been taken away?
“Is it not time to look at the budget of Ondo State and re-model or re-order it to fit the current realities amidst subsidies removal and unified foreign exchange?
“How are you creating alternative palliatives for Ondo workers and the
common traders on the streets of Ondo State to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal pending a comprehensive arrangement from the Federal which may not come until early September?
“It is essential for the House of Assembly and key figures within the ruling political party on Ondo State and Abuja to be accessible and be actively involved in addressing the challenges faced by the State at this critical time.
“In times like this, it is important for politicians and government officials to set aside personal differences and focus on the well-being of the state, its citizens and residents.>>>Continue Reading…
“Cooperation, collaboration, and a commitment to good governance are crucial for Ondo State to overcome its current challenges. I wish the ailing Governor of Ondo State quick recovery and early return to his duty post.”
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