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AFRICSOF Warns Ondo State Assembly Over Deputy Governor’s Impeachment Threat

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AKURE, Ondo – In light of rising tensions in Ondo State, the African Civil Society Forum, AFRICSOF, has warned the Ondo State House of Assembly against any attempt to impeach the state’s Deputy Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Such a move, AFRICSOF warns, will face staunch resistance from the citizens.

Recent events have highlighted an intensifying political rift between the State House of Assembly and the Deputy Governor’s office.

This conflict, characterized by the House’s impeachment threats, has been a cause for concern among various stakeholders.

Tunji Asaolu, Chairman, Governing Board, AFRICSOF, addressed these concerns during a press conference titled ‘matters of concern on Democratic procedural in Ondo state’. He lamented the political discord unraveling in Ondo state, emphasizing its detrimental impact on governance and citizen welfare.

Dr Asaolu stated, “It’s deeply concerning to see the current power struggle, especially between Governor Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, the State House of Assembly, and the Deputy Governor. The focus should remain on the welfare of Ondo’s citizens and good governance, not on personal political vendettas.”

AFRICSOF ardently condemns using the legislative chambers for political vendettas. “We stand against any attempt to turn the Ondo State House of Assembly into an executive enforcement arm,” Asaolu added.

The rights group underlined the dire consequences of such political crises, noting the adverse effects on the lives and livelihoods of Ondo’s residents.

The group sent a clear message: “We, alongside the people of Ondo, will not stand by actions fueled by personal vendettas that undermine the state and its citizens. Such actions will face unwavering resistance.”

The forum also criticized the State Assembly’s actions, labeling them a “disservice” to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. “The impeachment threat, especially during the Governor’s health struggles, is deeply insensitive. Such actions could aggravate his health further,” Asaolu noted.

AFRICSOF’s call for action is clear. Politicians should steer clear of destabilizing Nigerian democracy.

Upholding the principles of democracy and the rule of law remains paramount.

The group urges the Inspector General of Police, the Director General of State Security Service, and the Nigerian Judiciary to ensure the protection and sustainability of Nigeria’s democracy.

Concluding, Dr. Asaolu reaffirmed AFRICSOF’s commitment to justice, transparency, and inclusive decision-making in Ondo State.

The call is for all stakeholders to join in safeguarding democracy and championing good governance for the brighter future of Ondo’s residents.

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